Playing With Plato


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By Clancy Martin – In praise of Plato [2, 3, 4, 5, 6], the 20th-century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] once wrote, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”

Plato certainly did not think the crowd was a reliable source of ethical insight. It was the crowd, after all, who put Socrates to death. And one of Socrates’s [2, 3, 4, 5] favorite moves in Plato’s dialogues is to expose moral amateurism for the confused amalgam it is. Plato never managed to say exactly what counted as ethical expertise, but in Theaetetus [2] and elsewhere, he has Socrates successfully undermine the moral relativism that was as popular and incoherent in fourth-century-B.C. Athens as it is today. more>

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