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The fear in anger

I have a close friend who over the years has been treating his girlfriends extremely badly. Verbal abuse and disturbing behavior - almost to the point of physical violence. Two of those girlfriends are very close friends of mine and the most recent example of his behavior is very fresh indeed  - so I really struggle with how to confront him with this without yelling at him or punishing him by not wanting to see him. I realize this can sound strange. If he's such a jerk then why would I want to keep him as a friend? The answer is that I know him so well that I can see all his very good character traits very clearly as well as the challenges he's struggling with. He grew up in an orphanage and had a highly stressful childhood and early adulthood. I realize that I - and the rest of his friends - should long since have confronted him with this and tried to make him realize that he need professional help. Speaking for myself, I realize that a major reason why I haven't done so …

Plato study group?

I'm currently reading the book "Finitude and transcendence in Plato's dialogues" by Drew Hyland. It's not very long and fairly easy to read - so if some of you feel like reading along with me we could create a study group dedicated to that book.

Hyland shows that one of the most essential themes in Plato's dialogue is how we humans try to deal with the basic human limitation of finitude. Some resign and accept it - such as those who stop caring about what's it all about or those who cling to old, unlikely worldviews because they think nothing better is available. Some try to overcome it by desperate and/or agressive claims about human nature - such as the Greek sophists. Socrates - as we meet him in Plato's dialogues - tries to turn limitation into possibility: We are human beings and we can think. Let's find out what we can know about what it means to be a human being.

 This both humble and sensitive strategy seems to be contradicted by Socrates …