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The Higher Self and the Lower Self: Theseus and the Minotaur

An 1843 sculpture, by Antoine-Louis Barye, of Theseus slaying the Minotaur: Theseus’s entering the center of the Labyrinth at Knossos and slaying the Minotaur has sometimes been associated with Apollonian order and culture overcoming the bestial elements of body and psyche. And in … Continue reading

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“It is the intellectual duty of the citizen to search for the warrant for his views, to raise opinions into beliefs by means of reasons”: Leon Wieseltier on Reason and Democratic Citizenship

Leon Wieseltier in the New Republic: Democracy is the most mentally arduous form of government. No other system stands or falls on the quality of the individual’s opinions. The pressures upon the formation of opinion are staggering, and they interfere … Continue reading

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