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« What are we supposed to think of Euthyphro? | Main | Skill in Plato's dialogues »

September 18, 2009


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Peggy Semingson

It makes me want to read this dialogue.

As for gaps in time between blogging...I post pics instead of blogging sometimes! :)

Peggy (back in Texas)

I've never been able to understand the attraction of Platonic forms. I see where it might be fun to talk about there being some changeless perfect transcendent Dog somewhere 'out there' but I can't think that 'dog' is more real than the dog that is biting my leg. Platonism seems to me the stuff of dorm room bull sessions that doesn't stand up to the light of day.

What empiricism reveals about the world is so much more complex and so much more interesting than what the armchair philosophers posit that it's difficult not to talk of the chasm between the ivory tower academics who make their living spinning such 'rationalist' theories and those who are studying the world we have to actually live in and making tangible contributions to society.

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