The Philosopher Priestess at Delphi

“Aristoxenus says that Pythagoras got most of his moral doctrines from the Delphic priestess, Themistoclea.” Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers  Themistoclea was a sacred priestess at Delphi, the site of the revered Delphic oracle, the sanctuary dedicated to the great god, Apollo.  Apollo would speak by way of the sibyl or priestessContinue reading “The Philosopher Priestess at Delphi”

The Women of Philosophy

“[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.”  Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Progress on the “Philosophy Narratives” has been remarkable, covering the span of two ages.  Our opening act was theContinue reading “The Women of Philosophy”

The Philosopher of Paradoxes

“The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.”  Zeno Zeno of Elea is renowned for his paradoxes. Indeed, they continue to challenge, confound, inspire and amuse even until this day. We can thank Plato for what little we know of Zeno’s life.  Plato wrote in his Parmenides dialogue of a meeting in AthensContinue reading “The Philosopher of Paradoxes”

The Philosopher & The Goddess

“It is all one to me where I begin; for I shall come back again there.”  Parmenides, On The Order   Parmenides of Elea, a poet-philosopher, willingly challenged Heraclitus on his premise of continual change. Parmenides’ poem “On Nature,” which has come to us in the form of fragments, presents one of the first examples of aContinue reading “The Philosopher & The Goddess”

The Philosopher I Love to Quote

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”  Heraclitus I love to quote Heraclitus, because he seems so gentle and serene.  Think again! Heraclitus, who once said that “character is destiny,” believed that war and strife between opposites is the eternal conditionContinue reading “The Philosopher I Love to Quote”

If Horses Could Draw

“But if cattle and horses or lions had hands, or were able to draw with their hands and do their work that men can do, horses would draw the forms of the gods like horses, and cattle like cattle, and they would make their bodies such as they each had themselves.” Xenophanes of Colophon Xeonophanes,Continue reading “If Horses Could Draw”