Letter From The Editor

 

Aristotle maintained that the mark of an educated mind is one who can entertain a thought without accepting it.  Ilios has strived to maintain this notion by creating an arena for dialogue on conflicting political philosophical thought, issues and ideals through argumentation and evaluation.  However, those who continue to pursue this type of knowledge know that it is an activity not undertaken lightly.  Nietsche described it as “living voluntarily among ice and high mountains—seeking out everything strange and questionable in existence, everything so far placed under a ban by morality…” Those who continue to read and subscribe to our journal know this to be true.  It is one of the roles of Ilios to explore these philosophical mountains and reveal, through an in depth analysis, their true nature.  Hence the need for open dialogue upends the very ideals that sustain successful democratic structures. 

The articles in this edition explore political, economic and literary theories and their applications to society.  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels felt that ideas arise only as products and reflections of material conditions.  Thereby adopting a materialist approach, holding that any attempt to combine or reconcile materialism with idealism must result in confusion and inconsistency.  This volume highlights authors describing how changes within political and economic systems are answers to the problems arising from local to global issues; as well as, an analysis of Plato’s Republic as a literary piece.

I would like to take a moment to thank each individual who contributed to this issue of Ilios.  The formulation was a collaborative effort by two Ilios editorial teams.  The previous team obtained the thought-provoking pieces seen in this issue, while our new team finalized the end product.  As always, thank you to our faculty advisor Professor Anthony Kammas for contributing not only his time but also his incredible insight.  

I would like to take a moment to thank each individual who contributed to this issue of Ilios.  The formulation was a collaborative effort by two Ilios editorial teams.  The previous team obtained the thought-provoking pieces seen in this issue, while our new team finalized the end product.  As always, thank you to our faculty advisor Professor Anthony Kammas for contributing not only his time but also his incredible insight.