The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius is one of our main sources of anecdotes about ancient Greek philosophy. It was written around the first half the 3rd century AD but draws heavily on earlier sources. The information Diogenes gives us isn’t always reliable. Nevertheless, he remains one of our most important sources… Continue reading The Life and Opinions of Socrates
This is the text of a ten-minute talk I gave about Socrates to an audience of people who were mostly new to philosophy… My daughter, Poppy, is six years old. She loves Greek mythology. She’s Nova Scotia’s leading expert on Hercules and she loves Wonder Woman – an Amazonian princess created by Zeus. Poppy also… Continue reading Socrates and Forgiveness
Brief outline of the influence of other philosophical schools on the Stoic tradition.
Some notes on Socrates’ military service, and how it’s described in the surviving sources.
Short article summarising some things we know about the life and thought of the philosopher Antisthenes, one of Socrates’ closest companions and an important precursor of Stoicism.