Intelligence in the Community

It has been said that the safest single generalization about the history of Western philosophy is that it is a series of footnotes to Plato. I have the highest regard for Plato, inasmuch as I understand his dialogues, but his legacy may be much more than the writings that have come down to us and Continue Reading …

Some arithmetical patterns in Plato’s Republic

Published in HERMATHENA No.169 Winter 2000   The name of Plato’s greatest dialogue is so well established as the Republic that it may be impossible to call it by its original name of Polity, but there are certain advantages in giving it back its origi­nal title, not the least of which is that it encourages Continue Reading …

Plato, Pythagoras, and Stichometry

§1. Introduction We know little of Plato the man and everything we need of Plato the philosopher. His name appears in the dialogues only three times, twice connected with Socrates’ trial and once with the day of his death. That is all. But to say that we know everything we need to know of Plato Continue Reading …