Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dear Withywindle:

You are so on double secret probation:
* Started reading Plato--what else to follow up Montaigne with? Have read Euthyphro; perhaps ancient Athenian courtesy mistranslates, but Socrates seems awfully snide. Not a death-penalty offense, I suppose, but I do want some sort of Athenian Blackadder to mock him. Oh, right, Aristophanes, been there, done that.

Sincerely,
FLG

9 comments:

Withywindle said...

It's going to be a fun few years ... do you think he isn't being even a little snide?

Flavia said...

I'm with Withy. I read/reread several dialogues last summer and laughed out loud a number of times.

Andrew Stevens said...

I'm with Withywindle. I've always found Socrates a little irritating. Partly I am sure this is just the pro-humility ethic of a post-Christian culture operating. But most people seem to find Aristotle and Cicero irritating and I generally do not. Plato's Socrates, though, is still a bit irritating to me, possibly because he poses as humble while actually being quite arrogant. Cicero and Aristole make no pretense of humility.

FLG said...

Shit, in that case, wait until you get to the apology.

Anonymous said...

FLG, a small book for you to consider - I think I've suggested Pieper to you before - Leisure, the basis of culture. The intro of his newest book is written by Father Schall from Georgetown and friend of Emily Hale as well as Father M :

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/271762/truth-story-michael-potemra

Mrs. P

FLG said...

Mrs. P:

I included Peiper's paper in my leisure paper:
http://fearandloathingingtown.blogspot.com/2009/12/leisure-paper-finished.html

Schall wrote the forward to the edition I had of that book, as well.

However, I didn't know about Peiper's new book, and I will certainly pick that up. I'm fascinated by the concept of myth in Plato.

FLG said...

As it happens, I was thinking about trying to weasel my way into Schall's Plato class this fall, but figured it would be too much given that I'm already doing the MBA.

Anonymous said...

Schall wrote the forward to your edition of Leisure? Wow! I'll need to check ours and if he did - read it. Our copy predates our swim across the Tiber so I'm positive I would've ignored him seeing he was a Catholic -priest. I know that makes no sense (considering it was Josef Peiper I was reading but I was trying so hard to remain Episcopalian so reading Catholic scholars while ignoring Catholic priests became rather routine.

Then came the day I stopped ignoring Catholic priests and Wow! Are they handsome and ever so intelligent. I hear Father Schall is wonderful....



Mrs. P

Anonymous said...

Roger Scruton penned our intro. I used to have the biggest (Platonic) crush on him.

Mrs. P

 
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