The Corner

Philo Confession

Kathryn: All right, I am going to step out of my bluff, breezy, don’t-

know- squat- about- philosophy- but- am- stuffed- up- to- the- noseholes-

with- good- honest- common- sense persona, and make a small confession. In

my early twenties, I discovered the Socratic dialogues and got hooked on

them for a while. Socrates, as portrayed by Plato, is a very attractive

figure in a way–and after all, he does speak mostly in plain sentences (a

surprising number of them interrogative). It’s all too easy to see what an

annoyance he must have been to the stuffed togas (? forgotten Greek

equivalent) of Athens. I still have the dialogues–all of them, Jowett’s

translations, in a 2,000-page blockbuster edition–on my shelf. It was a

phase, though. I have hardly looked at them since; and, leafing through

them now, feel my eyes growing heavy….

Most Popular

Elections

About That ‘Broken Algorithm’

Of all the loopy assertions made at the press conference President Trump’s legal team conducted last Thursday, the one that has been most roundly derided is the since-ousted Sidney Powell’s claim that the national popular vote was such a landslide for President Trump “that it broke the algorithm that had ... Read More
Elections

About That ‘Broken Algorithm’

Of all the loopy assertions made at the press conference President Trump’s legal team conducted last Thursday, the one that has been most roundly derided is the since-ousted Sidney Powell’s claim that the national popular vote was such a landslide for President Trump “that it broke the algorithm that had ... Read More
Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More
Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More