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2 Plato’s Symposium, its dating with references to his Second and Seventh Letter, his Republic, and to Plutarch’s Dion
Let me return to Plato’s reflections on his intercourse ( sunousia ‘being together’, 310e1) with
Dionysius in 367-366 B.C. as he presents them in the Second Letter . In my preceding post I ended my reference to it with
the paragraph with which I shall now b...

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1 Plato’s Symposium its dating with references to his Second and Seventh Letter, and to Plutarch’s Dion and Timoleon
Plutarch in
his Dion describes the early days of
Plato’s arrival in Syracuse at the court of Dionysius II: ‘When Plato came to
Sicily ( Platôn eis Sikelian aphikomenos ),
in the first instances ( peri men tas
prôtas apantêseis ) he met with astonishing f...

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Applying for Pension Credit
In my letter
to the Department for Work & Pensions I wrote: I came to
Britain in August 1980 at the invitation of the Master of Balliol College, University
of Oxford, and of Kings College, University of Cambridge. (The Kings College provided
the grant for m...

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A book on Plato?
A friend wrote to me: ‘ I wonder if you might not
approach a publisher with a carefully directed proposal.’ The problem
is that I have become used to the freedom of working on my blog. What I am
doing is ‘subverting’ the Platonic scholarship of the last hun...

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Plato’s Statesman, the date of its composition with references to his Parmenides, Phaedo, Symposium, Second and Seventh Letter, and to Plutarch’s Dion
Our reading and
perception of the Statesman will be
influenced by its dating; for if it was written after Plato’s second journey to
Sicily, he must have written it with Dionysius the younger in mind. Stylometrically,
the Statesman is one of the six late

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Would you sponsor my work on Plato?
Dear Oxford
Academic, I have been
studying Ancient Philosophy for more than fifty years. For the last 8 years, the
results of my work could be viewed on my website; in January 2008 I put on my
website The Lost Plato and in the
years that followed a number o...

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Would you help? (A letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University)
Dear Vice-Chancellor, I believe that I have become a victim of blacklisting by Oxford
philosophers. To justify this presumption, let me quote Nick Cohen’s ‘The Pub
Philosopher’ published  in  The Independent Magazine  on
November 18, 1989, a day after the b...

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3 Reading Plato’s Statesman (with a reference to his Republic)
In my recent
post (marked 4cc, February 17) I noted that ‘the Euthydemus and the Statesman have in common an important doctrinal aspect: they both insist that philosophy
and politics are different disciplines.’ I contrasted this with the Republic in which ‘...

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2 Reading Plato’s Statesman (with references to his Euthydemus)
In my last
but one post (4cc, February 17) I recorded parallels between Plato’s Euthydemus and Statesman . Let me add another one. Socrates
says in the Euthydemus : ‘The kingly
art was identified by us with the political ( edoxe gar dê hêmin hê politikê...

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Reading Plato’s Statesman (with references to his Republic)
The Stranger’s
opening moves on his way to defining the Statesman reminded me of Irwin’s note
on Plato’s Gorgias , which I quoted in
my recent post (4b1, January 31): ‘ Technê is the normal term for any systematic productive skill, such as carpentry or
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