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On Creative Aging 

Creative Aging was the subject of a Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross on Thursday, May 30th.  Participants discussed new ways to thrive and contribute throughout our ever-longer life-spans -- for our parents, our grandparents, and for ourselves -- if we're lucky! Gross began by noting that Socrates himself reached the peak of his powers at …

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Laughing Matters! 

Socrates himself found humor so irresistible that he couldn't resist making jokes about his prosecutors and about his Athenian jurors, when he was on trial for his life -- thus getting himself into even more hot water! That observation launched a laugh-filled -- but at times sharply philosophical colloquy -- about humor, at the Socratic Conversation conducted …

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Fellow Citizens, Your Credo? 

Do You Have a Professional Credo? Should You? These were the questions which propelled the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on July 12th. With the timely approach of annual performance appraisals, we shared our professional credo detailing five core characteristics of library staff -- a credo holding strong since its 2004 conceptualization: Individually Agile and …

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Pondering Virtue 

Howard Radest, Dean Emeritus of The Humanist Institute and a member of the National Council of Ethical Culture Leaders spoke recently at the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. His talk, “Can Virtue Be Taught? Character Education Isn't Enough,” delved deeply into complex moral and philosophical questions about virtue, aesthetics, dialogue, dialectic, teaching, learning, …

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Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault 

Title: Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault Author: Pierre Hadot Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell, 1995 & 2003 Call Number: B105.S66 H3313 1995 From the Publisher: "This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Christianity, an account of their decline in modern philosophy, and a …

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Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche 

Title: Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche Author: James Miller Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011 Call Number: B104 .M56 2011 From the Publisher: "We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, philosophers offered arresting …

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