I’m giving a few talks that touch on the theme of courage for Wheatstone Academy in a two weeks, and have been reading through Plato’s Laches as part of my preparation.

The dialogue, which is reasonably short, doesn’t resolve the question about the nature of courage, but it does offer raise some difficult questions about whether it is possible to gain any virtue with gaining all of them, and what makes courage unique as a virtue.

If you’re interested in helping me with my preparation for the talk, I’ll be hosting a conference call where we discuss Laches this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Central time. Westcoasters, sorry about the time.  It’s the only one that works for me, but what’s better than a little Plato early on a Saturday morning?

Reading the text beforehand is a requirement, but you can read it over a lunch break.  And it’s available for free online.

If you’re interested, fill out the below form.  We’ll cap the number at 15, though if we exceed it I may try to schedule a second round.


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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. I remember the story of the college student who was taking a final exam for a philosophy class. He got the exam and it was only one question: what is courage? He could see that his classmates were writing feverishly, explaining the concept with all sorts of philosophical reasoning. He thought about it and scribbled down two words. He rose and handed in the exam after only a minute to everyone’s amazement. The curious professor opened the exam and read what the student wrote: THIS IS. The student got an A.


  2. David, this is a great story. Thanks! : )


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