The Unexamined Essay is not Worth Writing

The Unexamined Essay is not Worth Writing:
What Socrates and Boethius can teach us about writing

I. The Tragedy of the five-part essay
II. Using the Essay as a Unified Argument
III. What Can We Learn from these Two Philosophers
IV. Socrates
A. Plato’s Teacher and Platonism
B. The Dialogues about His Trial and Death
C. The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living. Apologia
V. Boethius
A. The Heir of Plato and Aristotle
B. The Last Roman
C. His Legacy
D. Returning to His True Homeland
VI. Why is the Unexamined Life Not Worth Living
A. Self-delusion
B. The Viciousness of Wrong Ideas
C. Ambition over Humility
D. The Wrong People in Charge
E. We End by Murdering Those Whom We Should Hear

The unexamined life can only be deemed less than worthless, for having deceived ourselves, we are then only able to deceive others, and depending on how much we invested in our false knowledge, we tenaciously persist in our delusions, even to the point of seeing those who hold the truth as our enemies, and we kill Socrates and Boethius.

The unexamined life
can only be deemed less than worthless
for having deceived ourselves
we are then only able to deceive others
and depending on how much we invested in our false knowledge
we tenaciously persist in our delusions
even to the point of seeing those who hold the truth as our enemies
and we kill Socrates and Boethius.

About Gary Cyril Jenkins

Professor of History
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4 Responses to The Unexamined Essay is not Worth Writing

  1. Deacon Nicholas says:

    One could also say that the unexplained blogpost is not worth reading.

  2. Gary Cyril Jenkins says:

    There is a wonderful scene in Walker Percy’s the Thanatos Syndrome where Fr Symeon is talking to Thomas More about how fire towers work, that you need three of them to pinpoint the fire. This ultimately is an attack on deconstruction, and in particular it has to do with Thomas’s lack of perspective with respect to his own viewpoint on what is going on in the parish. And so with this blog post, what we have is a lack of perspective, that is only gained by listening to a lecture from the Saint Emmelia conference, a lecture which hopefully I can put up here at some point in the future and then you can see what everything else is about. Christ is risen!

  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Gary, thank you so much for this post!

  4. Gary Cyril Jenkins says:

    Chuck, you’re welcome. I am getting ready to revise it by adding the recorded lecture, that is, as soon as I can find it. Keep the faith!

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