Rousseau: The Social Contract, II

The first two books of the Social Contract are the most important and enduring within Rousseau’s tract, though the fourth book is also important for understanding the establishment of civil religion and the French Revolution’s anti-Catholic militancy.  Nevertheless, the second book of the Social Contract continues to examine the relationship of sovereignty and general will … Continue reading Rousseau: The Social Contract, II

Cicero: On Education and Humanism

Besides political commentary, although Cicero’s ruminations about education and philosophy are still tied to his political philosophy, Cicero’s other great undercurrent of thought in the Republic is the relationship between philosophy and education with the health of one’s soul and how this pursuit of wisdom impacts how one acts and engages in the world.  Naturally … Continue reading Cicero: On Education and Humanism

Cicero: The Three Forms of Government and Constitutional Revolutions

Cicero’s political philosophy is the most comprehensive from among the Roman philosophers.  In fact, we owe much to Cicero, since he was the one who translated politeia as “republic” with regard to Plato, hence forever passing on Plato’s great work to us as The Republic.  He paid homage to Plato by the name.  We examined … Continue reading Cicero: The Three Forms of Government and Constitutional Revolutions

Mission Statement

Welcome to Hesiod’s Corner! We are living in interesting and exciting times, but that seems to always be a truism. If you stumbled upon Hesiod’s Corner by looking for Hesiod—the famous 8th century B.C.E. Greek poet, then you might already have a good inkling at what is going to be contained here.  If not, I … Continue reading Mission Statement