Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), a Victorian poet, completed his In Memoriam in 1849 where he wrestled with the contradictions between the idea of a providential god with the evolutionary and materialistic science of the day after the death of his best friend. The poem is divided into 133 cantos. He was son to a clergy … Continue reading Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.
“There he is,” Frank said. Frank, Daniel had learned, was the group leader. He was a retired philosophy professor. “There he is!” the woman said holding her wine glass high followed by taking a large sip. “Excuse my better half, Daniel, she’s ahead of the game here,” Percy said while pointing to … Continue reading Depth Psychology Hidden Within Greek Myth and Tragedy
In Marlowe’s Faust we come to find a man that was in search after power and lust. A man who wanted to be twenty for life, sleep with every woman, and have the power to do as he will. What we find in Goethe’s Faust is different. Faust is a wise man, he doesn’t want … Continue reading The Faustian Bargain Part 1
I finished my drink with a cloud of dissapointment. Was she with a group of people? If that was the case, then maybe I was just another guy. I paused for a moment with that thought. Then I felt someone enwrap me in a warm embrace behind. “Daniel, I was worried you had better things … Continue reading Nausica
“[Friendship] is a virtue or implies virtue, and is besides most necessary with a view of living. For without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods; even rich men and those in possession of office and of dominating power are thought to opportunity of beneficence, which is exercised chiefly … Continue reading Aristotle on Friendship
The Symposium is a dialogue dedicated to beauty and love. Entering the conversation on love, the playwright, Aristophanes, describes a mythic age. He tells us of creatures that have two sets of legs, two sets of arms, and two heads. They were complete creatures completely in love from head to heart. Hubristically, they believed they … Continue reading Plato: The Symposium and the Ladder of Love
“Through each speech,” John said, “Socrates is trying to convey that what sex is to the body, good, improving speech is to the soul. And that the true lover wants to uplift and elevate the beloved for the beloved’s own sake, and not for his own sake. True love isn’t a selfish thing. It’s a … Continue reading Plato: A Friend in Phaedrus
If the Iliad is about going to war, then the Odyssey is about returning home from it. Reading it, Daniel discovers a man of many twists and turns named Odysseus who travels through the turbid, turbulent waters trying to return home. The Greeks, during a ten year long, devastating war are left to ask what … Continue reading Odysseus’ Return