Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Editor’s Notes on a Theme

September 2021 Bar Bulletin

 By Christopher L. Young  

Part I – Socrates’s Defense

I’m not too proud to admit that I studied Western Philosophy as an undergrad. It was part of my expensive if not wasteful liberal arts education — which I “coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”1 PHIL 320 concerned the bedrock of Western thought: ancient Greek philosophy. Plato loomed large in the syllabus, my notes and imagination; but his voice, veiled like the Wizard of Oz, remains obscured by the curtains of time, mortality, and the persona of Socrates. Or “Soh-Crates,” if you recall Bill & Ted.2 Whether Socrates was a real person, myth, or...

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