Monday, August 10, 2009

Vernon, Mark. "Plato's Dialogues."

Part 1: "Why Plato?" Guardian August 3, 2009:

Why bother with Plato? Isn't this bearded man from ancient Athens ancient history? It is true that AN Whitehead declared European philosophy to be "a series of footnotes to Plato". But why should that matter? Modern physics originates in the work of Isaac Newton and, though we read about him, few read his actual words, and no one expects the future of physics to flow from his centuries-old pen. (

Part 2: "Who was Plato's Socrates?" Guardian August 10, 2009:

Plato was not the only ancient Greek to write about Socrates: Socratic dialogues – written discourses featuring the gadfly of Athens as protagonist – became a literary sub-genre in antiquity. However, it is Plato's Socrates who sustains our most vivid image of the man. So who was he, this sage who, if Plato is right, launched a project that has lasted for millennia and shaped a civilisation? (

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