Monday, July 11, 2011

Quote of the day

Flavia writes:
Maybe I should be pleased to open my inbox and see an email from a former student with the subject line "Platonism." But I'm not. I'm just not.

Hey, Plato is fucking awesome!

6 comments:

Andrew Stevens said...

It depends on if it's referring to Plato's general philosophy or, specifically, Platonic realism (as I normally expect the word "Platonism" to be used). I'm an Aristotelian (immanent) realist and I get to debate with nominalists all the time, but rarely with a Platonic realist, so I'd love to receive such an email if it included a defense of Platonic realism.

Flavia said...

To be clear: I have nothing against Plato, platonism, or neoplationism (the last of which I know the most about). But an email out of the blue from a former student, in the middle of the summer? Can only mean I'm being asked to give a long explanation of some sort.

My experience of this particular former student may also have influenced my reaction.

Withywindle said...

Dear Madam,

I am Andreas Karakaraides, and I have just come into possession of a LOST manuscript of Plato ...

FLG said...

Flavia:

Does that work?

Can I, if I were a former student, send you emails, like: De doctrina Christiana, thoughts?

Flavia said...

FLG: depends on the former student and the nature of the query. If you just said, "Tell me about X," unless I felt reasonably warmly about you, I wouldn't give more than a one-sentence reply (but I do generally reply).

But if you said, "Hey, I just started trying to read X, and am I understanding it correctly--or do you have suggestions for where to start or what resources I could use?" I might be willing to chat at some length. It's the difference, I guess, between someone who really seems to want an interlocutor and someone who's using me as a Wikipedia substitute.

But you, of course, may always ask me half-baked questions.

Withy:

Have you seen this?

Withywindle said...

Heh.

 
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