Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quote of the day

Anti-Climacus:
If you're reading Plato and not, on some level, unsettled, then something has gone wrong.

Whenever this comes up, FLG always thinks of F. Scott's statement:
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function

FLG thinks this comes down to a difference between aristocratic souls and democratic ones. Because what is unsettling in Plato and Aristotle, FLG believes, is the contradiction between Plato's and Aristotle's views, which were born of an aristocratic city-state, versus our more democratic sensibilities. FLG thinks aristocrats are, by nature and necessity, more comfortable with contradiction, and even unfortunately hypocrisy.

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