|Created||10/24/2010 7:29:00 AM|
|Posted||10/24/2010 7:19:00 AM|
|Blog||Philosophy is the art of appraising different belief systems and, if you’re up to it, of pulling them apart (think ‘vivisection’) to see what makes them tick.
The philosopher creates a skein of conjecture. He wraps himself in this in order to see the world differently.
Sometimes he forgets to take it off, or even that it is there – hence the analogy of an ivory tower in a maze of meaning, broadcasting unintelligible jargon.
I finally got the urge to dig back into my lost MySpace Blog. Why? Well I knew I’d made some notes on Plato’s The Republic, it was just a matter of digging them out. Not as easy as I expected. Successive waves of MySpace retrenchment made them inaccessible. If you’ve lost one, you could do worse than check out Jim Younkin’s notes. Anyhow I did the procedure.
I found I had 600 posts waiting to be recovered. MySpace emailed them me in one zip file. I unzipped and tracked down the relevant bits.
Plato’s The Republic
I’ve had a copy of this for years (Penguin – battered paperback) but never read it. As I was taking philosophy class in MMU at the time, I decided to brush up. To be fair, I wasn’t unfamiliar with Plato – I’d read Timaeus and Critias, Protagoras and Meno, Gorgias… in fact pretty much the full Penguin Classic collection. I’d just left The Republic for… later, I guess.
My starting position was the ‘blue’ post above. As I read I made notes which are below:
For fun I include the following (depending on your definition of fun).