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September 22, 2005


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I love Euthyphro and Plato in general.


Is it true that Quine never read Plato? I cannot help but feel that analytic philosophy uses Plato and Aristotle to confer a dubious veneer of antiquity that is neither relevant nor decorous.

Aaron Boyden

It seems quite unlikely to me that Quine never read Plato, though I'm not an expert on his biography. However, I would be inclined to say that analytic philosophy is if anything the opposite of what you suggest; we don't try enough to understand our history, and have an unseemly tendency to pretend our theories are more novel than they are.

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