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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 193–205.
Published: 01 May 2023
... — according to Xenophon's Memorabilia — was strongly opposed to it as irrational. According to Socrates and Plato, the citizen of a democracy exists in a moral anarchy, and every choice he makes is random, as if drawn by lot, hence the appropriateness of random choice as a principle of Athenian democracy...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 76–91.
Published: 01 April 2019
... with an analysis of its classic illustration in Plato’s Theaetetus as leveled by Socrates against Protagoras’s “Man is the measure . . ,” the essay considers various aspects of the charge, including its paradigmatic theatrical staging, its frequent pedagogic restaging, its logical and rhetorical structure, its...
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Common Knowledge (2015) 21 (1): 5–8.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Ana Almeida In this guest column, the author argues against Wittgenstein's aphorism that the human body is the best picture of the human soul. Such a picture, she shows, would have to include all that a person is, in some sense, inseparable from. Drawing from Plato's analogy between city and soul...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 257–264.
Published: 01 April 2014
... an account of just such a standard. Yet her argument that “other than pointing and hoping, there are no rules, no algorithms, by which human perception of a gestalt may be facilitated” sells the work of teachers short. An alternative case is made by Plato in his representation of Socrates-as-teacher...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (1): 160–162.
Published: 01 January 2022
... Liberty's aegis, as if they had been part of her inclusive couture all along. Parallel projects to keep Plato as high priest include jettisoning the philosopher-king model while peddling the eminence of a Platonic process; say, the Socratic method. For example, Jill Frank in Poetic Justice reads...
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Common Knowledge (2007) 13 (2-3): 315–336.
Published: 01 August 2007
... enterprise: production of Aristophanes’ play. wasacharge majorofaonly orSocratesyear socause after ofthis that trial the portrayed as precisely a Sophist). There is more than a hint in Plato’s Socrates chargehis against in it made Aristophanes that become term this had fraudulence with fraught...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (3): 433–440.
Published: 01 August 2011
... the Platonic Socrates. Platonic the from differs who little, know weaboutwhom Socrates, historical a of contours (b) One would isolate Socrates from Plato context. historical their Plato from and (a) Socrates isolate would One study, analytic an Plato. In and Socrates example, Take...
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Common Knowledge (2002) 8 (2): 357–363.
Published: 01 April 2002
... demonstrated that everybody else’s view was inconsistent or false or both, and because that demonstration has been accepted by everybody involved. We could call this the Protarchus motif. In Plato’s Philebus, Protarchus, Socrates’ interlocutor, remarks, toward...
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Common Knowledge (2021) 27 (1): 1–39.
Published: 01 January 2021
.... Fundamentally, what Plato did was to adopt for his own purposes a fracture between ontological realms already posited by priests, prophets, and physicians across which indirect communication was possible. In Plato s Theaetetus, Socrates proposes, for the sake of argument, that our minds con- tain a block...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (2): 208–219.
Published: 01 April 2012
... , that Plato uses here means literally “todizzyfeel Socrates’s literally here Platomeans uses...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (2): 316–318.
Published: 01 April 2009
... , Common Knowledge isofCarpenter Class Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates and Plato on Essays Authenticity: of Virtues . He is also coeditor of coeditor . He...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (1): 46–54.
Published: 01 January 2014
... Sophism. and rhetoric, ofpoetry, that to superior ofaway life as of philosophy marketing Plato,their and in Socrates ogy into this list, since she seems to me caught in the non- the meto...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (2): 382–386.
Published: 01 April 2012
...: Essays on Plato and Socrates and Plato on Essays Authenticity: of Virtues...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (2): 265–272.
Published: 01 April 2014
.... . . . What is expressed by the purposive arrangement of possibilities of resonance is a lyric thought.  — Jan Zwicky, “What Is Lyric Philosophy?” In Plato’s Critias 107b, the character of Critias says that when speaking about a topic of which there can be no sure and direct human knowledge...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (1): 86–101.
Published: 01 January 2023
..., Richard Rorty , 216–27 . 25. For more on “orthogonality,” see Fuller, “We Are the Fallen.” 26. See Plato, Theaetetus 851–54 . 27. The philosopher of science Larry Laudan colorfully distinguished “aristocratic” and “plebeian” induction, respectively, to capture what I distinguish...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (3): 366–379.
Published: 01 September 2022
... that philosophy was no help in dealing with Nazis and other bullies—in more detail, and to a variety of different audiences. Socrates and Plato suggested that if we tried hard enough we should find beliefs which everybody found intuitively plausible and that among these would be moral beliefs whose...
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Common Knowledge (2020) 26 (3): 453–551.
Published: 01 August 2020
..., to the relation between geometry and virtue developed consciously in opposition to Plato s. In the Meno, Plato s Socrates explores with Meno the nature of virtue and whether or not it is teachable. To challenge and counter his interloc- utor s arguments and inquiries, Socrates invokes, among other things...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (2): 217–223.
Published: 01 April 2013
... Socrates was the first philosopher to broadcast the idea of poetic madness, madness, the poetic idea of to broadcast philosopher first the was Socrates...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (3): 417–423.
Published: 01 August 2010
... Either we can never attain knowledge or we can do so only after death.” after only so do we or can knowledge attain never wecan Either attain that which we desire and of Plato which we claim to benediction). a be lovers, death, when (and then, wesay, dead,namely,only are Socrates we shall...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (2): 187–192.
Published: 01 May 2023
..., the democratic rhetoric even of an upper-class Athenian such as Pericles was abhorrent, precisely because it was an integral part of a political system that gave the masses power ( kratos ) over the elite. In Gorgias , therefore, Plato's preferred interlocutor Socrates (469 – 399), in real life a philosophical...