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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...

Irish Times piece on PS Look out for Snakes

“Their letters covered the period of time when my father was studying for his Masters at Harvard while my mother remained in Ireland, it was impossible to ignore such a treasure trove …” The Irish Times publishes an essay by Miriam Farrell-Shtaierman about her book, P.S. Look out for Snakes.

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?...

Platonic Thought of the Week: 14

Platonic Thought of the Week: 14

  Socrates: Perhaps it will seem absurd, Hermogenes, to think that things become clear by being imitated in letters and syllables, but it is absolutely unavoidable. For we have nothing better on which to base the truth of primary names. Unless you want us to...

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