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An illustration of the allegory of the cave from Plato’s Republic. 4edges/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: Plato’s Republic

Plato's Republic is one of the most influential books in history. It has been claimed by people on all sides of the political spectrum and continues to resonate today.
What can philosophers tell you about paying taxes? RomanR/Shutterstock.com

Do you have a moral duty to pay taxes?

Many Americans are fretting over paying their taxes. A philosopher says the moral question isn't as much about a duty toward the government, but being fair to fellow tax-paying citizens.
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise. Shutterstock

What is wisdom, and is it unwise to pursue it?

It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.

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