Does anyone, even education majors, even read "Emile" anymore? The philosophy of education described there is now so foreign to our thinking as to be difficult to digest. Meanwhile, Plato's "Republic" stands up even today.
Simone de Beauvoir is remembered as a feminist. But as an existentialist, she had things to say about freedom for both women and men alike.
What is philosophy? What is its value? What are its subdivisions? What is meant by the Platonic Form? And a final musing on a modern variation of the shadows in the Cave vs. reality.
This short essay discusses American Romanticism and two representative authors.
Contemporary reviewers were often critical, often captious, of the works of J. D. Salinger. This short essay considers two of his "Seymour" novellas, their relationship to each other, and whether the criticism was justified.
Hermione and Perdita, mother and daughter, endure as Shakespearean heroines.
Can a Victorian poet relevant to us today? Gerard Manley Hopkins broke new ground with his use of the English language to build memorable word pictures. He experimented with cadences and rhythms very foreign to Victorian ears. The style is fresh and modern, even today.