Friday, August 18, 2006

Simon Blackburn on Plato's Republic

The Guardian (August 5, 2006) has an extract from Simon Blackburn's recent book Plato's Republic: A Biography, which can be found here. Needless to say, he doesn't seem to be a big fan of the Plato (or Socrates) presented therein, and Plato is said to have 'utterly betrayed his teacher' in the dialogue.

Anyway, check it out if interested.

(Link via ALDaily.)


Coke said...

I'm back!
That section from Simon Blackburn was TERRIBLE! Why would Atlantic books publish someone's useless and foolish musings on a subject in which the writer obviously does not have much of an interest? A slow meandering through little tidbits of analysis and hearsay that one can hear over and over again elsewhere pounds the ears and makes one ask what would motivate this man (Simon) to write so much of nothing on a subject which he obviously considers nothing. I think I can guess at some answers, but none of them are properly excuses. I miss all of you. I quit my teaching job but heaven know that I have been reading a LOT of Plato lately.

Coke said...

'properly considered'
and 'knows'
I need to edit before I publish

eric said...

Coke--What happened with the teaching job? I tried to send you an email last week or so, but the address I have must not be the one to use anymore.

I've been reading Plato's Gorgias in translation lately, and have been meaning to put up a post about it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. But it is great so far. Socrates really sticks it to that young buck Polus.