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What we need is a love for both our country and our humanity, whether it be through religion, reason, or both. Such a position steers clear of the perfectionist aspirations of cosmopolitans and draws back from parochial nationalist sentiments by combining the best elements of American conservatism...

Habits, mores, manners, and customs should prove more important in a republic than the law... "With Cicero fell the republic."—Russell Kirk As one of my grand Hillsdale colleagues, Dr. Stephen Smith, once said to me, there...
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The desire to belong to something greater than one's self is simply human, transcending time, place, and space. It's as natural as our need to breathe. In this sense, Aristotle put it correctly when he noted that man is meant to live in community...
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A free government is only sustainable if citizens can govern themselves. Socrates patiently revealed, through conversations that held a mirror up to fellow citizens, that they did not sufficiently understand such basic concepts as justice, piety, virtue, truth, and goodness when applied to themselves. Yet they presumed...

To engage in dialogue, we must be good listeners, seeking to hear an insight, perhaps fuzzily formulated and unclear even to the speaker, but nevertheless worthy of exploration... Every culture has its own conversational style that often...
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If you have an open mind and inquiring heart, you will recognize something incomparably wonderful in Plato’s writings, if only their profound resonance with Christian teachings. The Cave is a masterful metaphor for the soul trapped in sin... “All education is conversion” —Pierre Hadot I....
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Each great teacher locates the fundamental problem of human living differently: The Buddha cites suffering; Socrates points to ignorance; and Jesus identifies faulty love. In addition, all three Masters teach that the task set for each human soul is to travel from illusion to reality...
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Your world needs you; it needs your desire to understand it, your openness to what it has to teach you, your acceptance of its imperfections, and your sincere wish and best efforts to be useful to it because you care for it as it has cared for you, however...

Tyrants—intelligent, charming men as they usually are—rush into politics without first examining their souls. Politics without wisdom is not politics... A recurring theme in Plato’s dialogues, including his Seventh Letter, describes the...
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Christians who live so that they are never contaminated are useless, and they are liars, because we are all contaminated more seriously than we can imagine if we have ever seen a human soul as it was meant to be...
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Is “the knowing of what one knows and what one does not know that one does not know” ever possible? And what is the benefit of that knowledge? Profound Ignorance: Plato's Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom by David Lawrence...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Kreeft as he explores the nineteen types of judgment as they pertain to human, angels, and the Divine. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Fr. James Schall as he contemplates the similarities between the death of Plato and the death of one of Plato's more recent scholars, Eric Voegelin. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher But...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Augustine Lawler as he reflects on how Socrates models both rightly-ordered eros and logos, in contrast to the Stoics and Sophists. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher