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2017 Issue

Number 26, Spring 2017

Editorial Committee

Will Briggs
Steve Dawson
Kara Dean
David Freier
Laura Kicklighter, Chair


The Agora annually presents writings by Lynchburg College students and faculty and includes essays written by students from other institutions that are members of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC). Lynchburg College contributors participate in the Lynchburg College Symposium Readings (LCSR) program, which integrates ideas from classical selections with contemporary ideas and issues. LCSR classes encourage students to think deeply about current issues and to become sensitive to the interdisciplinary influence of classical ideas. Contributors from other ACTC colleges and universities participate in similar "great books" programs.

Table of Contents

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Editor's Introduction

Laura Kicklighter

"Subversive Penelope" Austin Monson
"Freely Chosen Freedom: The Benefits of Hegel's View of History over Nietzsche's " Michael Pallotto
"Learning Self-Reliance with Ralph Waldo Emerson" Serah Welborn
"My Encounter with Plato and the Greatest Human Evil" Amber Kelley
"Philosophy, Spirituality, and Academic Ambition" Hunter Hart
"Gaining Enlightenment through Sympathy for the Devil: Paradise Lost by John Milton " Sophie Luks
"Pliny and Newton: Filling in the Gaps with Physics" Charles Rose


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