Plato, the Forms

The best way to understand Plato’s theory of the forms is look at it using examples we see around us every day. Below, we see three photos of cars: an Audi, a BMW, and a Ford Mustang. Though they have many similarities in design, engineering, technology, and functionality, each is its own unique machine. Driving…

Plato, Allegory of the Cave

Plato 429-347 B.C. Student of Socrates Writer of Socratic Dialogues Teacher of Aristotle Created The Academy at Athens Created a unified system of thought The Allegory of the Cave allegory \ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ē\ noun.  : a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or…

Mass Media and Ethics in Journalism

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. —The Constitution of the United States, Amendment I Ethics Also…

On The Role of Film as Course Material

In the years I have been teaching philosophy, religious studies, and communications, I have used a variety of resources in my courses. Textbooks are useful in many courses and students are expected to complete assigned readings in order to be prepared for class. The same expectation applies to other readings such as primary source readings…