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The Greek Philosophy of Stoicism

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you…

Plato – The Apology of Socrates

…I say that in fact this is the greatest good for a man, to talk every day about virtue and other things you hear me converse about when I examine both myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not worth living for a man…Socrates, The Apology of Socrates by Plato Socrates was one…

John Stuart Mill – The Father of Modern Liberalism

The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.John Stuart Mill, On Liberty In last week’s post I…

Edmund Burke – The Father of Modern Conservatism

Nothing is more certain than that our manners, our civilization, and all good things which are connected with manners and with civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles, and were, indeed, the result of both combined: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion.…

Saddhartha Gautama (Buddha) – The Path to Enlightenment

Let him admonish, let him instruct, let him restrain from the impure. He becomes beloved of the good and hated by the evil.Buddha, “The Wise Man” Buddhism has been a favorite personal interest of mine ever since I came to learn about it sometime in high-school. My world religions class taught me that many religions…

Welcome to Under the Philosotree

“I say in fact this is the greatest good for a man, to talk every day about virtue and the other things you hear me converse about when I examine both myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not worth living for a man…” – Socrates, Apology of Socrates (Written by Plato) Hello…


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