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...
Platonic Thought of the Week 25: Republic IX, 584d-585a

Platonic Thought of the Week 25: Republic IX, 584d-585a

“Now,” said I, “do you know what qualities they have, and what they most resemble?” “What?” he asked. “Do you think,” said I, “that in nature there is an up, a down and a middle?” “I do.” “Now, do you think that someone being carried from below towards the middle...
The Cosmic Aspect of Truth in Plato

The Cosmic Aspect of Truth in Plato

A PDF copy of this paper for download I I must confess to having a long-standing adversative relation with the concept of truth, particularly in philosophical and theological contexts, which I recognize as being unreasonable. It is partly due to problems with the...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 24 Plato, Republic VIII, 564c-e

Platonic Thought of the Week: 24 Plato, Republic VIII, 564c-e

“Well,” said I, “to see what we want to see with greater precision, let us proceed in the following way.” “In what way?” “Let us use the argument to divide the democratically governed city into three, which is how matters actually stand. One part is presumably this...
Platonic Thought of the Week: 23 Plato, Republic VII, 534b-d

Platonic Thought of the Week: 23 Plato, Republic VII, 534b-d

“Well,” said he, “insofar as I am able to follow, I agree with you about the others.” “And do you describe someone who acquires an account of the being of each thing as dialectical? And would you not say that someone who cannot do so, insofar as he is unable to give...