Thieves: What can I get away with? How little can I do? Stealing your time, my time, and
the time of the people around you.
Brokers: What can I get out of this? What can I get for what I put in?
Lovers: “The love of wisdom” “to give without expectation of return…to give of
Philosophy: Philein Sophia vs. philosophy: sophistry
Socrates distinction between argument for its own sake, false wisdom and love of
Scole: root of ‘school’, meaning leisure, meaning ‘time out of work’ or ‘time out of time’
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‘Philosophy is the system through which we put ourselves into question’
‘It’s not going around in circles, it’s spiraling up, but you can’t se it because your looking
‘There’s no Nietzsche because Nietzsche makes people crazy’
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‘the books are not the point’ self-reflexive: philos. constantly puts itself into question
‘all philosophy is about whether philosophy is possible’
what is valid? (including that question)
Plato – The Republic
Plato’s dialogues are not a direct report of what happened. Socrates and Plato are not the
same. Other historical sources agree (“triangulation”) that these ideas are Socratic. Some
are clearly Plato, others Socratic, but there’s also lots of grey.
Dialogue: vivid, entertaining, characters with personalities; character or author’s views?
Republic is actually more subtle than it appears.
Thucydides describes Athenian wrecking/capture of somewhere with an M ‘either you
submit to us, or we destroy you’. Account is blunt, unapologetic, even in describing
awful things related to author’s nation.