Platonic Thought of the Week 29: Republic, 473b-c

Platonic Thought of the Week 29: Republic, 473b-c

“So, do you agree or disagree that when anyone is said to desire something, we should say that he desires it all, or one part only and not another?” “All of it,” he said. “Therefore, shall we say that the philosopher does not desire one part of wisdom rather than...
Platonic Thought of the Week 28: Plato, Republic 378b-e

Platonic Thought of the Week 28: Plato, Republic 378b-e

Nor should it be said within earshot of the young, that there is nothing out of the ordinary in acting unjustly in the extreme, nor again, in punishing a father for his unjust actions, in all sorts of ways, since in so doing he would be doing what the foremost and...
Platonic Thought of the Week 27: Plato, Theaetetus, 176a-e

Platonic Thought of the Week 27: Plato, Theaetetus, 176a-e

But evils cannot be eradicated, Theodorus, for there must always be something in opposition to the good. Neither can they be situated among the gods, but they must haunt the mortal nature and prowl about the earth. So we should endeavour to flee from here to there as...
Platonic Thought of the Week 26: Republic X, 611b9 – 612a7

Platonic Thought of the Week 26: Republic X, 611b9 – 612a7

“Well, although our earlier argument, and others, would compel us to accept that soul is immortal, we should still behold what it is like in truth, not mutilated by its association with the body and other bad influences, which is how we behold it now. We should,...
We Owe it to Africa

We Owe it to Africa

We Owe It to Africa! John Dillon            What is to be done about Africa? This question has, perhaps, an unpleasantly patronising ring to it, but such is certainly not intended. I write as one who has spent some years in Africa, back in the (somewhat) pleasanter...