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Political Custom

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Geographical Custom

I am finding it a little difficult to give an exhaustive description of each of the three kinds of slavery to custom (that we mentioned here). For example it is difficult to make a distinction between the customary ideas we … Continue reading

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Temporal Custom

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Slavery to Custom

  I have to admit that of the four kinds of slavery that prevent us from thinking well and thinking for ourselves, slavery to custom is absolutely my favorite. The problem is that 75% of everything we say is said … Continue reading

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Cave Dwellers

All of these people are cave dwellers. They live in the gloomy cave that Socrates describes in Book VII of The Republic (see http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html). They are all looking at the wall in front of them upon which there are shadows … Continue reading

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Slavery to Fashion

I don’t have any strong objection to men dressing according to the fashions of the 12th or 13th century if they happen to live in the 12th or 13th century. I assume the gentleman in the picture thought that he … Continue reading

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Slavery to Custom

Custom is a tyrant. I am well aware of the fact that this saying is not original to me. But the truth of it is becoming clearer and clearer to me with each passing year. Most of us are well … Continue reading

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The Three Catharses

Our current endeavor is to discuss how it is that liberal education frees a person from slavery, and even more specifically how it frees a person from the slavery to passion. In chapter 6 of the Poetics, Aristotle gives us … Continue reading

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A division of the four kinds of slavery from which Liberal education frees us.

I have already made the claim that a liberal education is an education that frees a person from something and it also frees a person for something. At present we are only speaking about what it frees a person from. … Continue reading

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