Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Iliad

The true hero, the true subject, the center of the Iliad is force. Force employed by man, force that enslaves man, force before which man’s flesh shrinks away. In this work, at all times, the human spirit is shown as … Continue reading

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What does history teach us

In 2000 BCE Minoan civilisation was pretty sweet. You would have preferred it to most times and places. It was affluent and comfortable. It was peaceful. Lots of wine, art, hanging about, a little opium on the side. The Minoans … Continue reading

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Once upon a time…

…there was the Sumerians. Or, as they would have called themselves, the ùĝ saĝ gíg-ga. I prefer “Sumerians.” I heart the Sumerians. Now this was a technological civilisation to be sure. By 3000 BCE it had already been worked out … Continue reading

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Nothing Clever

Someone found their way to this pathetic corner of the World Wide Web through the search term “nothing clever.” True story. They got exactly what they bargained for. This post simply exists to serve the transitory function of declaring to … Continue reading

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Nothing clever here, just a final excerpt before I go jump of a bridge [emphases are mine]

From Catherine Osborne, The Presocratics, pp. 116-117: One recurrent worry expressed by Plato’s Socrates was the idea that if one teaches for fees one must tailor what one teaches to what the paymaster dictates. Socrates, unlike the Sophists, charged no … Continue reading

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When Mathematics was a Religion that we now call Philosophy

The important thing about Pythagoras’ emigration from Ionian Samos to Croton in Italy (on the outposts of Greek civilisation) is that he was joining his kind, that is to say religious enthusiasts keen on mystery rites, Hades, the Underworld, and … Continue reading

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The Logos of Heraclitus

Just a few scribbles on Heraclitus as JR Hematite’s gets his game back… For the neophytes out there: Logos is λογος, which is to say it’s a Greek word, often translated as, well, “word”. Word? In Heraclitus it is the … Continue reading

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