Aug 17, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

Oh, and for people wanting an (even more) fictionalized take on what Plato's Republic might look like: the novel "The Just City" by Jo Walton. A brief summary:

"Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, [based on Plato's Republic], populated by over 10,000 children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future - all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past"

If you're the sort to like extended thought experiments on 2,500 year old philosophical texts, then this is for you.

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Aug 17, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

I think a dive into Plato would be great. His writings are still relevant to this day, and a baseline of shared Plato understanding would let us take some fun digressions into neoplatonic gnosticism and all sorts of other great, weird stuff.

My favorite professor in college, when he was feeling feisty and self-consciously reductive, would describe "western civilization" as an ongoing conflict/dialogue between the two forces of Dialectic and Rhetoric, symbolized primordially by Plato and Isocrates.

He favored rhetoric, begrudged Plato's dominance from the middle ages onward, and saw signs for hope that Rhetoric could become ascendant again in our new postmodern age.

Anyway, good stuff.

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Aug 16, 2021Liked by Stephen from Trenchant Edges

First, I really appreciate your posts about "Why Trump was elected" that dig deeper than "people bad". Really interesting stuff.

I haven't really think about ethos, like, ever. And reading part about "Aristotle’s rhetoric" I was like "damn, why I don't know anything about it, where should I start". So yes, I would really appreciate posts about Plato or Aristotle.

Anyway, see you tomorrow.

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