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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Jan 14, 2019

In this episode of Vital Remnants, Dr. Gary Gregg discusses Plato’s call for the combination of political power and philosophy within our leaders (1:34), the three parts of society (5:00), Plato’s tests for leadership (7:31), and the “Myth of the Metals” (15:41). He then revisits education (22:28), the four parts of virtue (26:07), Plato’s definition of justice (32:05) and the burden of leadership (36:31). Dr. Gregg concludes by examining the relationship between the virtues and the parts of society (38:03), how the parts of society correlate to parts of the individual soul (39:13), the tripartite soul (42:40), C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man (50:57), and what all of this means for leadership today (54:35).

Target 3 Reading: Books III, IV, & V, pp. 91-152 of "The Republic of Plato", 2nd edition, translated by Allan Bloom (Basic Books, 1968 and 1991).

Download Dr. Gregg’s Guide to The Republic here

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Intro: Bridget Kim
Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II
Editor: Connor Tracy
Music: Selected from