Platonic Thought of the Week: 19

Platonic Thought of the Week: 19

And there is no other cause of all this except the origin of this entire argument, directed by Glaucon and myself towards you, Socrates, to make the case that; “come on my wonderful man, of all of you who claim to be champions of justice, beginning with the earliest...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 18

Platonic Thought of the Week: 18

Now as soon as Cephalus saw me he greeted me and said; Socrates, you don’t often come down to the Peiraeus to see us; but you should. Yes, if I were still able to make my way, easily to the city, there would be no need for you to come here, since we could go to you;...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 17

Platonic Thought of the Week: 17

Try, said [Diotima], to give me your fullest attention. For whoever has been instructed concerning Love as far as this, contemplating the beauties properly and in due order, approaching then the final objective of the concernments, will suddenly behold a beauty,...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 16

Platonic Thought of the Week: 16

I think that writing has a strange feature that makes it quite like painting. For the offspring of the painter’s skill stand before us like living creatures but if you ask them a question they are very solemnly silent. And the same goes for written words; you might...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 15

Platonic Thought of the Week: 15

Phaedrus 273c7-e3 Socrates: Gosh! Tisias, or someone else, whoever he is, and whatever he likes to be named after, has discovered a skill that has been most ingeniously hidden! Yet, my friend, there is something we should say to him, or perhaps not … Phaedrus: What?...