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On the Laws

Read by Geoffrey Edwards


Marcus Tullius Cicero


On the Laws (Latin: De Legibus) was written shortly after Cicero's "On the Commonwealth" during the last years of the Roman Republ…

On the Ends of Good and Evil

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


On the Ends of Good and Evil (Latin: DE FINIBUS BONORUM ET MALORUM) discusses Skeptic, Epicurean, Stoic, Peripatetic and Academic views on t…

Parmenides

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Plato


Parmenides (Ancient Greek: ΠΑΡΜΕΝΙΔΗΣ) recounts a meeting between Socrates, Zeno and Parmenides. Topics discussed include universals, plural…

Eudemian Ethics

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Aristotle


Eudemian Ethics (Greek: ΗΘΙΚΩΝ ΕΥΔΗΜΙΩΝ Latin: ETHICA EUDEMIA) discusses topics including virtue, friendship, happiness and God. It is belie…

On Duties

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


On Duties (Latin: DE OFFICIIS) discusses virtue, expediency and apparent conflicts between the two. St. Ambrose, St. Jerome and other Doctor…

Cratylus

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Plato


Cratylus (ΚΡΑΤΥΛΟΣ) discusses whether things have names by mere convention or have true names which can only be correctly applied to the obj…

Topics

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Aristotle


The Topics is is the fifth of Aristotle's six texts on logic which are collectively known as the Organon ("Instrument"). The Topic…

Charmides

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Plato


Charmides (Χαρμίδης) discusses the virtue of temperance. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)

Euthydemus

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Plato


Euthydemus (Εὐθύδημος) and Dionysodorus the sophists discuss the meaning of words with Socrates. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)

Lysis

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Plato


Lysis (Λύσις) discusses friendship and love between the good and bad. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)

Statesman

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Plato


Statesman (Ancient Greek: Πολιτικός) discusses God's role in maintaining the universe and describes the statesman as a good shepherd who pro…

Sophistical Elenchi

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Aristotle


The Sophistical Elenchi is the sixth of Aristotle's six texts on logic which are collectively known as the Organon ("Instrument").…

Eryxias

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Plato


Eryxias (ΕΡΥΞΙΑΣ) may not have been written by Plato (ΠΛΑΤΩΝ). The dialogue discusses whether wealth has value and what the aim of philosoph…

Philebus

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Plato


Philebus (ΦΙΛΗΒΟΣ) discusses pleasure, wisdom, soul and God. (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)

An Essay on the Principle of Population

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Thomas Malthus


The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, incr…

Laches

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Plato


Laches (Λάχης) discusses examples of courage including weapons masters, soldiers who stand firm in battle, ferocious animals and the wise pe…

Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous

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George Berkeley


Berkeley uses Hylas as his primary contemporary philosophical adversary, John Locke. A Hylas is featured in Greek mythology and the name Hyl…

Magna Moralia

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Aristotle


Magna Moralia (Ancient Greek: ΗΟΙΚΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΩΝ, English: Great Ethics) discusses topics including friendship, virtue, happiness and God. It is…

Tusculan Disputations

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


Tusculan Disputations (Latin: TUSCULANARUM DISPUTATIONUM) is divided into five books which discuss death, pain, grief, perturbations and vir…

Menexenus

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Plato


Menexenus (ΜΕΝΕΞΕΝΟΣ) is thought to have been written by Plato (ΠΛΑΤΩΝ). The dialogue consists of Socrates (ΣΩΚΡΑΤΗΣ) recounting a funeral o…

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