A lesson in mercy

I'd never read The Merchant of Venice until tonight. And I do not have significant exposure to Shakespeare generally. In this Year of Mercy, I found the discussion of mercy and justice very profound. In Act IV, Scene 1, Portia, acting as the judge, is discussing with Shylock his insistence that Antonio pay a pound of … Continue reading A lesson in mercy

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If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)

This is a book I wish I had written (Mr. Gallagher, like me, is a lawyer and has an MA in philosophy from Catholic University). The book was enjoyable to read, but it was also a wonderful introduction to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics for common folks. Despite the silly title, this book is a serious but … Continue reading If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)