Plato's Statesman

Since we just did the Sophist, it may make sense to continue on to the Statesman, where we discover, with help from the Stranger, what a good statesman is.

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  • arun

    Sorry, I apologize for no show.

    February 5, 2014

  • Brian

    I work late.

    February 5, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Cf. Brian's "making divisions." Need we ask if there is anything distinctive or characteristic about the manner in which Aristotle develops his typologies? Also can it be maintained that Aristotle approaches the matter of philosophical analysis or method more self-consciously than Plato? Or should we say that Plato's "art" disguises his method?

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Brian

      Maybe Aristotle is committing to the philosopher's method as set out by Socrates

      February 1, 2014

  • Brian

    Hmm, if THE PHILOSOPHER (unwritten dialogue) is thought to be a conversation between Socrates and "young Socrates" can we see this as a move from the dialogical to the dianoetic?

    January 27, 2014

    • Brian

      "The higher ideas, my dear friend, can hardly be set forth except
      through the medium of examples; every man seems to know all things in a
      kind of dream, and then again to know nothing when he wakes.... But
      people seem to forget that some things have sensible images, which may
      be easily shown when any one desires to exhibit any of them or explain
      them to an inquirer, without any trouble or argument; while the greatest
      and noblest truths have no outward image of themselves visible to man
      which he who wishes to satisfy the longing soul of the inquirer can
      adapt to the eye of sense, and therefore we ought to practise ourselves
      in the idea of them; for immaterial things, which are the highest and
      greatest, are shown only in thought and idea, and in no other way, _and
      all that we are saying is said for the sake of them." -The Statesman

      January 28, 2014

    • Anneliese

      I suppose I was mostly thinking about how we think things first, sort of testing them, and then say them aloud afterwards, and I was looking at the parallel of how we live (first we are young and then we are old). But I like what you've done with the thought.

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Brian

    I bet he does more than make divisions

    1 · January 27, 2014

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