Socrates and Phaedrus: Art of Thinking and Practice of Persuasion (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final part of the 3-part series on the art of thinking and pratice of persuasion as gathered from Plato's dialogue Phaedrus (a version of its translation available here). So far I have concluded that Socrates had the following goal in this dialogue: to demonstrate that no practice deserves to be called art if its practitioner does …

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Socrates and Phaedrus: Art of Thinking and Practice of Persuasion (Part 2 of 3)

Last week I published the first part of this 3-part series. This is the second part of the article where I continue by exploring in more detail the ideas that can be gathered from Plato's dialogue Phaedrus (a version of its translation available here). Of course, there are many insights that can be gleaned. The one I …

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Socrates and Phaedrus: Art of Thinking and Practice of Persuasion (Part 1 of 3)

In Plato's dialogue Phaedrus (a version of its translation available here), Socrates discusses the merits of rhetoric as the art of speaking. He wants to establish whether rhetoric, as practised and taught in Athens by the orators at the time and understood as "a way of directing the soul by means of speech" (we could say - …

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Spreading the Word: Hidden Meaning in Art

This Friday I share with you a highly interesting article on the meaning of hidden detail in Raphael's spectacular work The School of Athens. You will notice that I have chosen a picture of this masterpiece as my blog's theme. To me, the article was a fascinating read. It is truly remarkable how we humans …

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Spreading the Word: Life in Shakespeare’s England

This Friday I share with you a fascinating video -"Social disorder in Shakespeare's England". It is a lecture by Oxford University's Dr Healey who specializes in this period of British history. Besides being an interesting historical overview, it also helps to form a better understanding of the social and cultural context in which Shakespeare lived …

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Spreading the Word: Our Homes as Our Mirrors

This Friday I share with you an article "Inside the homes of remarkable artists and writers". It is a small selection from a book by Sam Lubell "Life meets Art" where the author presents his choice of 250 residences of the world's most creative people. Some homes are just what you might expect while others reveal …

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Spreading the Word: Art as Consolation

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video on art. It is only 8 minutes long but conveys a valuable thought - art is one of humanity`s chief sources of consolation. Have a look at the video authors` proposed 7 most calming works of art. My personal favourite is No 3 …

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