Welcome to Socratic Engineering.
Philip Miller is a writer, creative consultant, and audio engineer specializing in audiobook production.
The ideas shared on this blog are musings on ways classical studies and philosophy can contribute to modern society and improve our ability to think critically. Topics range from literature, the Ancient Greeks, song craftsmanship, pirate history and Star Wars to productivity habits, to-do lists and ways to help creative people do work.
We must seek to know what is objectively True and Right. Here, study and discussion and philosophy can be useful.
There's no cheating or coincidence, virtue must be on some level a willful, conscious act.
Philosophy is not a truth to be taught but rather a perspective to be looked through. It is a lens that can help us make sense of the world, emphasizing certain thoughts and ideas and encouraging us to ignore others. Philosophies come in many shapes and sizes, each with a unique take on how to make sense of the world. Once we can better understand the world around us, we can more effectively influence it.
When confronted with a hard truth, what do most of us do? What should most of us do? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is often seen as applying to the fate of visionaries within a society, but we can also see it as a more abstract tale of how our minds work.
Socratic Engineering seeks to help modern readers find value and enrichment in reading ancient authors. Most people are aware these texts exist, readily available, and would not be surprised to learn they contain vast treasure troves of wisdom, yet rarely do we choose to tackle these readings of our own volition.
Thucydides' narrative is one of a thriving state brought low by hostile politics and disunity, a tale that could describe nearly any age of human history. By comparing this internal feuding with his chilling account of the plague in Athens, Thucydides paints a particularly memorable warning against civil unrest...
The world has been comfortably run by “Harvard men” for some time now, supposedly the best and brightest the world has to offer, filtered through the greatest education available on Earth. So why is it that humanity, and more particularly the USA, has done so poorly under such leadership?