Tag Archive | Plato

Adversaries and Authorities

Purely uncritical moment: This was an amazing book. I appreciate how Lloyd enacts his comparison between Chinese and Greek science by addressing what are surface or “apparent” differences and then complicating that with details that may go against the common assumptions. It reminded me of the argument by Hall and Ames in Anticipating China, as […]

Problematics and Representation

“Rituals of speaking are politically constituted by power relations of domination, exploitation, and subordination. Who is speaking, who is spoken of, and who listens is a result, as well as an act, of political struggle (Alcoff 15). “A form of first problematic thinking, while recessive in the West, dominates classical Chinese culture. Likewise, the cultural […]

Trying to View the Past as Though it Were the Present in the Past

“Historicizing” works, thoughts, or ways of thinking/living from other times and places is useful, I think, but highly problematic. Though it is likely impossible to completely understand what it was like to actually live and be in those times, having wider and deeper contextual knowledge can give hints and insights about the realities that these […]

Isocrates – the “Good Sophist”

I read Isocrates as part of an epistemic constellation that includes Plato, Aristotle, and the commentaries and admonitions of all of those “bad Sophists” referred to by all three parties. Despite how much scholars want to recover the Sophists (Jarratt, Neel, etc.) it also seems worth noting that there must be some veracity to the […]

Rhetoric: Its Parts and Pieces

Aristotle’s Rhetoric attempts to classify, subdivide, and define the various parts of rhetoric, offering a systematic outline of what is included within this conceptual field.  Sections One and Two of Book I each begin with statements that are often recalled about Rhetoric via Aristotle: “Rhetoric is the counterpart of Dialectic” and ”Rhetoric may be defined […]

Phaedrus, Plato, and the Paradox of Writing

“And so it is with written words; you might think they spoke as if they had intelligence, but if you question them, wishing to know about their sayings, they always say only one and the same thing” (166). This passage was of interest in its seeming contradiction, as it was found within a written text […]

Plato, Rhetoric, and Love

In reading Gorgias and Phaedrus by Plato, I am struck by simultaneous desires to both applaud and condemn him. I find the dialogic approach that Plato takes in his writing to be somewhat manipulative and one-sided, with his discursive hero – a constructed version of Socrates – always presented in the best possible light while […]