Sep 15 • 22M

Spencer Klavan: Civic Friendship & Politics as an Act of Love

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Spencer Klavan is the author of How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises and assistant editor of The Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind at the Claremont Institute. With a PhD in Classics, Klavan's literary expertise is aided by his knowledge of many languages, including Ancient Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. As a scholar who enjoys exploring how great works of literature provide valuable insights into today's world, Klavan hosts Young Heretics every Tuesday.



  • Rational discourse is a team sport, a shared pursuit for the wisdom we both seek about the thing and the effort we make at getting it

  • Seeking excellence, moral virtue, and flourishing is the first step, the atomic building block, for living well together—seeking mutual good in the form of community and relationships

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 9.8

  • Fundamentally, when we form political community, we do so because we collectively agree that there is such a thing as justice

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