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I am president of Agora Publications, Inc., which specializes in translating and adapting classical philosophical texts into contemporary American English, and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Babson College where I served as chair of Liberal Arts and as Murata Professor of Ethics. I have also held tenured positions at Clark University, and Albion College and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Bates College, and Boston University. My scholarly work centers on ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, Greek Philosophy, and general topics in the philosophy of value. My current projects center on revising translations of Plato’s major dialogues from Ancient Greek and adapting them for dramatic performance on CD as well as audio versions of modern philosophical texts by Kant, Hume, and Mill. I am the author, editor, or translator of eleven books and more than 80 papers on a various philosophical topics.

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Aristotle claimed “poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history.” In this postmodern era it is worthwhile to consider Aristotle’s way of connecting beauty, truth, and goodness.

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To understand and promote democracy we must clarify and embrace its ethical foundations. Democracy can be achieved by recognizing the power of every human being to adopt its fundamental principles.

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To understand and promote democracy we must clarify and embrace its ethical foundations. Democracy can be achieved in the actual world by recognizing the power of every human being to adopt it.

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This podcast begins a line of analysis showing why universal law is the only reasonable way to ground ethical principles and, therefore, to understand what democracy means.

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The important difference between morality and other values is that it and it alone takes priority in a genuine democracy. All of these forms of value are relative, but morality alone is universal.

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In Plato's Crito, the laws of Athens emerge as a character that espouses a view of law based on the authority of the republic. In this podcast, law turns out to be neither absolute nor relative.

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This episode places special emphasis on the idea of freedom. Socrates opposes the Sophist Gorgias, who defends the art of “ruling over others,” and introduces the idea of “ruling over ourselves.”

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The ethical philosophy of Kant is presented as a way of understanding the moral principle on which modern democracy is grounded, showing us not what to think but how to think about any moral issue.

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This series of podcasts concludes, focusing on Mill’s view of liberty that leads to a minimal view of ethics. Following Plato and Kant, he urges us to reduce moral demands to what is truly essential.

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Introduces the Human Nature series by focusing on two modern developments in biology: Darwin’s theory of evolution and the Human Genome Project.

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