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The narrow-minded Platon...

Saturday, February 09, 2013

As I´m reading Platon I find that my habit of beliveving in authorities gets in my way. As soon as I can let go of my thoughts that this should be the "truth" it is much easier to try to contemplate over Platons ideas, and evaluate them. I am going to my first lecture today and I am supposed to bring some notes with my own reflections. I will not tell the teacher, but I do thinkg that reading Colleen McCulloughs books about ancient rome has been a lot more food for thoughts than reading Platon. When I read her novels, based on historical people and facts, I found it so interesting to understand that that ancient world is the fundament that our western world i built on. We don´t have the same values or ideas but I could clearly see that the romans ideas was connected to our ideas today. Reading Platon, I feel a lot more alienated. I find the thoughts kind of narrow-minded - partly because Platon and his equals did not think much about women... Well, well, it will be interesting to attend that lecture...
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    Hope the lecture will shed some light on it for you so the read becomes more interesting.
    2476 days ago
    I love McCullogh's books, very interesting and as you said food for thought.
    Hope you dont get kicked out of class. LOL emoticon
    2477 days ago
    I never heard of the book you are reading. Sounds interesting.
    2477 days ago
    I too enjoy historical fiction; well researched, that is. If I've read Plato, it was many years ago and like the first poster, under duress. Still, ancient Rome is worthy of study because, as you've stated, so much of our society is based on principles developed there. I'm thinking you're going to enjoy this class!
    2477 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2013 8:54:58 AM
    Interesting read
    2477 days ago
    I haven't read much philosophy since my first couple of years in college: I wouldn't have read it at that time except the school I attended held mandatory philosophy courses for the first two years of matriculation. Because it was forced (me? authority issues? lol) I resented it and not only didn't fully avail myself of the opportunity at the time (shame on me) I haven't looked into it since. Your blog is prompting some thoughts along those lines, however, so... who knows? You might just spark a foray into classical philosophy for me, Meddy!

    As for Colleen McCollough: I read her Rome novels when they were first issued, but haven't read them since; I'm not even sure I read more than the first two. But again, I think I'll go look them up. It's early Saturday morning, and already I have two "assignments" from you--!
    2477 days ago
    Interesting. I've not read any Plato but I find it fascinating to learn about perspectives that are so different from my own. Perhaps you can bring in some of that ability to draw parallels between Roman society and ours; is there anything at all about Plato's ideas that is familiar? If not, why do you think that is? Would love to learn more about this.
    2477 days ago
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