The Ideal of School

Socrates:I suspect, as indeed you seem to think yourself, that you are in labor–great with some conception.  Come then to me, who am a midwife’s son and myself a midwife, and do your best to answer the questions which I will ask you.  Plato, Theatetus

In this episode, we’ll take a look at some of the philosophical movements that have bloomed over the centuries in the Western tradition, as well as some of the practices they developed to help students internalize their teachings.  A point I’d like to make early and often is that the way philosophy is studied today is very different from the way it was studied in antiquity when many of these schools were founded.  They were not so much “schools of thought” as “schools of being,” where like-minded people would come together to share good company and partake in a largely oral tradition.

Link to the essay.

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