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  • Plato’s Myth of Er: A Personal Journey Re-told by ELL and Refugee Students (2019)

    Celebrate ancient and modern-day spiritual journeys for justice and wisdom. By spotlighting the narrative, artistic, and philosophic work of new Canadians and refugees attending a high school English Language Learners (ELL) program in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this pedagogically-innovative children's...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • Schooling for "Deep Knowing": On the Education of a Pithecanthropus Erectus (2016)

    This article examines what passes for high school education through a philosophic lens associated with Nietzsche, Plato, and Dionysian concerns. The essential claim in this article is that the Dionysian element of education has been sorely neglected (if not persecuted) in schools, much to the detriment...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • Virtue and the Law: Classical Perspectives (2015)

    Abstract: Classical thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, and Machiavelli developed a perspective that insisted that a primary function of law was to nurture the souls of citizens. Although these thinkers disagree somewhat as to what the primary virtues citizens should embody, they joined...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • On the High School Education of a Pithecanthropus Erectus (2014)

    This article examines our modern ways of schooling youth in light of philosophic and personal narrative accounts of "the Dionysian" aspect -- a term the author uses to understand his own experiences and aspirations as a high school English teacher. Having articulated the meaning of this term...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education: Historical Sources and Contemplative Practices (2014)

    Explores the nature and role of wisdom in education. Modern scholarship has struggled to come to terms with the meaning of wisdom and its significance in the field of education. This book examines the importance of pursuing wisdom in schools by turning to ancient and medieval sources for clarification...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • "Katabasis in the Setting of Plato's Symposium Revisited" (Parts 1 to 3) (2014)

    This article revisits a strand of Plato scholarship on the nature of wisdom's pursuit that began ten years ago. In the original 2004 article by this author, attention was drawn to how "descent" or katabasis imagery is replete throughout the drama of Plato's Symposium , whereas "ascent"...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • Teaching Wisdom to Interest: Book Five of Plato's Republic (2009)

    Timothy J. Lukes and Mary F. Scudder We suggest that Book Five of the Republic , where Plato discusses the status of women in the guardian class, is a superb source of Platonic insight. For it is precisely the discussion of women that is most vulnerable to co-optation by the modern vernacular of interest...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
  • Wisdom for Sale? The Sophists and Money (2009)

    by Håkan Tell Plato constantly accuses the sophists of teaching for money.1 For example, in the Hippias Maior (282c–d), Sokrates elaborates a distinction between the wise men of old, who did not think it right to charge fees, and the sophists of his own day, who all made huge profits from their instruction...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
  • Politics and Persons (2006)

    The author discusses the role of politics in human activities. She explores several views on politics. She looks at the political interpretations of notable political thinkers, such as Plato and Aristotle. She traces the historical origins of the denial of human nature. She stresses that people are beings...
    (My publication) Posted by: jelshtain
  • “Katabasis in Plato’s Symposium” (2004)

    Most of the scholarship on Plato's Symposium attends to the upward movement of the dialectic towards wisdom and knowledge that occurs in the dialogue through the speeches. This article begins a strand of scholarship intended to unfurl the importance of descent (katabasis) imagery as it appears in...
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
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