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... photos, research files, archival documents, visits to battlefields, staff ride materials, drawings, collected images, maps ...,
Finalist, 2011 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
A hero who faced down Pancho Villa with only a pistol and turned the tide of battle during the Salerno Operation in late 1943, John Lucas discovered at Anzio that his comrades were more dangerous than his enemies.
Brevet Colonel, Commander of the 30th Indiana Volunteers, and recipient of the Medal of Honor - all by the age of 23 - Henry Lawton's career spanned four decades until he fell in battle "bringing democracy to a distant land." Featured on the Center of Military History Civil War Website
When Joseph K.F. Mansfield fell at the Battle of Antietam, he was the ranking casualty on either side, the oldest general and West Point graduate to die in battle.
William and James Terrill of Virginia chose opposing sides in the Civil War, each rose to general and fell in battle. Theirs is a unique story of "brother against brother".
The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Thomas Macdonough faced Arab terrorists with steel and musket - in 1804
Russia's Rommel, General Ivan Chernyakhovsky survived brutal Anti-Semitisim, Stalin's madness, and German tanks to achieve a stunning combat record only to fall with final victory in sight.
Daniel Judson Callaghan's heroic sacrifice off Guadalcanal saved the embattled defenders of Henderson Field at the cost of his life and the destruction of his fleet.
Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle's leadership in and out of the cockpit made him one of the most admired men in the Eighth Air Force and one of the architects of daylight precision bombing.
Creator of the modern American Rangers, Darby led his men to great victories and a catastrophic defeat, but was always in the thick of the action.
Described by some pretty eminent art historians as perhaps his greatest work, Leonardo Da Vinci's "Battle of Anghiari" defined for centuries the way artists portray the fury of battle and the anatomy and motion of warriors and horses in combat. The lost work sparked intense and on-going debate, and inspired many other great masters working in a variety of media. But, the battle has disappeared from history. Why?
Historian, biographer, memoirist, "novelist", and companion of Socrates, at the end of his life Xenophon wrote a small book of advice about reforming the Athenian cavalry. A discussion of specific suggestions, Xenophon's Hipparchicus
reflects decades of the author's experience as an army commander. The wily survivor offers subtle insights on leadership as well as observations valuable to modern theorists and practioners of the "mounted service" that will always resonate.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history, pitted the war-hardened Hittites against an untested Pharaoh in a struggle that shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.
More than 3,500 years ago, Abraham, the leader of the Hebrews, led his men on a daring, long-distance, commando raid to rescue hostages. Hidden in a very brief passage of Genesis is the story of the first organized military action and victory of the Jewish people, a tale of courage and inspired leadership, and battle far from their borders. One cannot help but think of Operation THUNDERBALL, the Israel Defense Forces dramatic rescue of Jewish hostages at Entebbe, Uganda on July 4, 1976.
Does it make any sense to talk about a "philosophy of war?" What kinds of things would be discussed in such an academic sub-category? Whose works would make up the canon of study? On that point, why is it that Carl von Clausevitz's early 19th century book "On War" is virtually the only work generally accepted as a work of philosophy? In a world where war is so common, why is there so little systematic examination of its "first principles?" These are only a few of the questions that spark this general inquiry.
A stamp "album" that illustrates the military history of the United States as depicted in postage stamps. From the US first official postage stamp showing George Washington in uniform (1857) to the present day, the nation has remembered its wars and battlefields - both famous and forgotten - and honored its heroes, its weapons, and its victories.
Aristotle, Roman copy after Greek Bronze by Lysippos @330 BC, Painted marble, Museo Nazionale, Rome
St. Augustine, Greek artist, 12th Century, Mosaic, Capella Palatina, Palermo
Aristotle Ridden by Phyllis, late 14th century, Bronze, Metropolitan Museum, New York
Boethius Instructing His Students and Boethius in Prison, 1385, Illuminated manuscript miniatures, Glasgow University, Glascow
St. Thomas Aquinas, Fra Angelico, 1447-51, Fresco, Granger Collection, New York
Crying Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus, Bramante, 1477, Fresco to canvas, Brera, Milan
The Three Philosophers, Giorgione, 1508-09
Oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The School of Athens, Raphael, 1510-11, Fresco, Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Palace, Rome
Sir Thomas More, Holbein, 1527, Oil on canvas, Frick Collection, New York
The Four Philosophers, Rubens, 1611-2, Oil on canvas, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Rembrandt as the Laughing Democritus, Rembrandt, 1629, Oil on copper, Private collection
Democritus, Velasquez, 1629, Oil on Canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
Portrait of Descartes, After Hals, 1649, Oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt, 1653, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum, New York
John Locke, Kneller, 1697, Oil on canvas, Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, de
La Tour, 1753, Pastel, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
Denis Diderot, Fragonard, 1769, Oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris
Voltaire, Houdon, 1778, White marble, National Gallery, Washington DC
The Death of Socrates, David, 1787, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum, New York
Socrates Defending Alcibiades at Potidea, Canova, 1797, Marble, Gipsoteca Canoviana, Possagno
The Last Words of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Delacroix, 1844, Oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyons
The Philosopher, Manet, 1865, Oil on canvas, Art Institute, Chicago
Plato's Symposium, Feuerbach, 1869, Oil on canvas, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe,
Democritus, Delhomme, Stone, 1868, Museum garden, Lyons
Socrates, Brancusi, 1922, Oak, MOMA, New York
Sartre, Cartier-Bresson, 1946, Photograph, Magnum, New York
Bertrand Russell, Rockwell, 1967, Illustration, Ramparts Magazine
Richard Rorty, Steven Pyke, 2003, Photograph
Commercial Note: For centuries, mankind has been fascinated with ideas of beauty in the world
, both natural and that created by human hands. From early cave drawings to the blossoming of art during the Renaissance and since artists have expanded limits while also drawing art closer to the personal and the causal, the focus of Aesthetics, one of Aristotle's original subjects. The practical result is that art, and especially design, permeates every aspect of our life, exalted and common. From the ruins of Greece and Rome, to the newest hotels in Niagara Falls
, the inspiration for design ideas can come from anywhere. Even in New York City
, home to some of the greatest art in the world, hotels and commercial buildings exhibit the full range of decorative and plastic arts for their lobbies
, offices, and living spaces.
Socrates (470-399 BC), Greek
Xenophon (430-350 BC), Greek
John Locke (1632-1704), English
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German
Sören Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Dane
Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), American
John Dewey (1859-1952), American
Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), German
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-English
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), German
Updated March 8, 2013
Leo Strauss (1899-1973), German-American
Edmund Husserl, Steven L. Ossad, 2007, Graphite on paper
PHILOSOPHY IN THE POPULAR CULTURE
"Pythagoras", Roman, 2nd Century AD, Marble, Capitoline, Rome
PHILOSOPHY POSTAGE STAMPS
(not to scale)
Wisdom, USA (2003)
Contemplating Justice, USA (1977)
Arendt, Germany (2006)
Aurelius, Switzerland (1972)
Bergson, France (1959)
Berkeley, Ireland (1985)
Descartes, France (1937)
Descartes, France (1966)
Erasmus, Holland (1959)
Jonas, Germany (2003)
Kant, Third Reich
Kierkegaard, Denmark (1955)
Leibniz, Third Reich
Machiavelli, Italy (1969)
Maimonides, Spain (1967)
Pascal, Vichy France (1944)
Pythagoras, Greece (1955)
Sartre, France (1988)
Thales, Greece (1994)
Socrates, Roman copy of 4th Century BC Greek original, Marble, British Museum, London
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Plato, Roman copy of 4th Century BC Greek original, Marble, Vatican Museum, Rome
Victor Gourevitch, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), Wesleyan University
Victor and Strauss
Leo Strauss, ed. V. Gourevitch,On Tyranny, 2000)
Victor on Rousseau
Aristotle, Roman copy after 4th century BC Greek original, Marble, Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna
Epikouros, Roman, 2nd Century AD, Marble, Metropolitan Museum, New York
ON-LINE PHILOSOPHY SOURCES
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Seneca, Roman copy of 1st Century AD original, Marble, Staatliche Museum, Berlin
Research and General Links
Marcus Aurelius, Roman, @160-180 AD, Marble, Walters Museum, Baltimore
, Roman, mid/late 3rd century AD, Marble, Museo Ostiense, Rome
MAJOR RESEARCH LIBRARY PHILOSOPHY GUIDES
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