Is war inevitable, given the human condition? What causes human agression? For Plato's Socrates it comes from innate tendencies nurtured in the wrong way. And that's where war comes from. Angie Hobbs gives a fascinating introduction to this aspect of Plato's Republic in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
Myles Burnyeat explains what Aristotle meant by happiness in this latest episode of Philosophy Bites. Surprisingly, Aristotle thought that children couldn't be happy in a meaningful sense and that things that happen without you being aware of them can affect your happiness... Listen to Myles Burnyeat on Aristotle on Happiness
The book Maieusis, edited by Dominic Scott (see below) is a collection of articles by eminent classics scholars in honour of Myles Burnyeat.
The latest episode of Philosophy Bites focuses on Plato's Symposium. Angie Hobbs gives
a lively account of the various positions taken on erotic love and
sexual desire within that dialogue. (This podcast episode includes mild
Simon Blackburn, Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, has recently published Plato's Republic: A Biography . We launch Philosophy Bites with an interview with him on the topic of Plato's image of the cave - one of the most famous images in philosophy.