Platão X Aristóteles na Renascença

Segundo o historiador Matthew Gaetano, Rafael pintou Platão(14) e Aristóteles(15), numa disputa e ali, você consegue entender o coração do renascimento. Nenhum dos dois viveu nessa época mas eram estudados nas universidades, cada qual representando posições antagônicas com relação à FÉ e a RAZÃO, embora Platão tenha sido professor de Aristóteles, que então foi tutor […]

How stoic was Seneca?

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm Knopf, 290 pp., $27.95 Hardship and Happiness by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated from the Latin by Elaine Fantham, Harry M. Hine, James Ker, and Gareth D. Williams University of Chicago Press, 318 pp., $55.00 The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca by Emily […]

Who Knows If You’re Happy?

Cass R. Sunstein Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think by Paul Dolan, with a foreword by Daniel Kahneman Hudson Street, 235 pp., $25.95 Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience a report by the National Research Council, edited by Arthur A. Stone and Christopher Mackie National Academies […]

Marcus Aurelius on what his father taught him about humility, honor, kindness, and integrity

What it takes to attain “the mark of a soul in readiness.” Marcus Aurelius is considered the last of Ancient Rome’s Five Good Emperors, but he is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to philosophy as one of the most influential Stoics. His proto-blog Meditations (public library; free download) is as much a portal into […]

Hacker Way

On Wednesday, Facebook filed the prospectus for a $5 billion initial public offering. Here is CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to potential investors.Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected. We think it’s important that everyone who invests […]

Regret is the Perfect Emotion for Our Self-Absorbed Times

We are a nation gnawed by regret. The most visible symptom of this condition is celebrity regret, which sloshes through nearly every news cycle. “I regret doing that,” said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a few days after calling San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver” on live television. “I regret the use of that […]