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Gorgias (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)
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Gorgias (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Theme: On the definition/ nature of Rhetoric …Nobody asked what was the quality, but what was the nature, of the art, and by what name we were to describe Gorgias. Very good then; as you profess to be a rhetorician, and a maker of rhetoricians, let me ask you, with what is rhetoric concerned: I might … Continue reading

Halycon & Axiochus dialogues (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from these Socratic dialogues by Plato, George Pallatos & George Burges translations respectively)
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Halycon & Axiochus dialogues (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from these Socratic dialogues by Plato, George Pallatos & George Burges translations respectively)

HALYCON Theme: On the weakness of human mind!!! We seem to be completely short-sighted judges of what is likely or unlikely – we make our judgment according to the best of our human ability, which is weak, unreliable and blind. Numerous things which are possible seem, to us, not possible, and many things which are … Continue reading

Hippias Major (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)
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Hippias Major (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Theme: What is Beauty? On the definition of Beauty- An endeavor to find the definition of beauty, the fine, the fine, or/and the beautiful…  Why did the ancient wisemen refrain from the affairs of state, and none of those ancients ever thought fit to exact the money as payment (ironically unconscious of the fact that money is … Continue reading

Apology dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)
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Apology dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Let the judge decide justly and the speaker speak truly… Charges levied on Socrates, through the mouthpieces of Meletus (represents poets), Anytus (represents craftsmen) and Lycon (represents rhetoricians) …): (Ancient slanderers) tell of one Socrates, a wise man, who speculated about the heaven above, and searched into the earth beneath, and made the worse appear … Continue reading

Meno dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)
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Meno dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Whether virtue is acquired by teaching or by practice, or whether it comes to man by nature or in what other way… Whether virtue is natural or acquire… Socrates: he makes the claim that he does not know what virtue is… wants to know the nature of virtue as a whole… Meno attempts at defining … Continue reading

Philebus dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)
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Philebus dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Philebus thesis: That enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them are a good to every living being. That pleasure and delight and enjoyment and the like were the chief good. That pleasure is the true end of all living beings, at which all ought to aim, and moreover that … Continue reading

THE ENTICING SPECTACLE OF “DEMOCRACY”: A SOCRATIC CRITIQUE!!!
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THE ENTICING SPECTACLE OF “DEMOCRACY”: A SOCRATIC CRITIQUE!!!

13.3 Zilu asked, “If the Duke of Wei were to employ you to serve in the government of his state, what would be your first priority?” The Master answered, “It would, of course, be the rectification of names (zhengming ).” Zilu said, “Could you, Master, really be so far off the mark? Why worry about … Continue reading

The Quest for a Complete Citizen: Her Making!!!
Philosophy and Literature

The Quest for a Complete Citizen: Her Making!!!

“…As a mortar is made by a mortar-maker, so a citizen is made by a citizen-maker…”[1]   There are two preliminary core inquiries that ought to be posed and settled first to the best of our understanding. These are: What is a complete citizen, and what is a State (in the strictest and/or best terms) … Continue reading

Dissecting “Being” in a Capitalist Democracy: Freireian lens!!!
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Dissecting “Being” in a Capitalist Democracy: Freireian lens!!!

Dissecting “Being” in a Capitalist Democracy: Freireian lens!!! Saying Yes to life even in its strangest and hardest problems, the will to life rejoicing over its own inexhaustibility even in the very sacrifice of its highest types—that is what I called Dionysian, that is what I guessed to be the bridge to the psychology of … Continue reading

THE VIRTUES OF “SUSPENDING JUDGMENT” IN ACTION AND STEADFAST EXISTENTIAL INQUIRY!
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THE VIRTUES OF “SUSPENDING JUDGMENT” IN ACTION AND STEADFAST EXISTENTIAL INQUIRY!

“But it is bad to stop, hard to be satisfied with a single way of seeing, to go without contradiction, perhaps the most subtle of all spiritual forces. The preceding merely defines a way of thinking. But the point is to live.” Albert Camus[1] And, “To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of … Continue reading

EPISTEMIC INJUSTICE, TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE AND THE DUAL ASPECT OF RESPONSIBILITY OF AGENTIAL IDENTITIES– AN ANTI-REDUCTIONIST  VIEW!!!!!!!!
Philosophy and Literature

EPISTEMIC INJUSTICE, TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE AND THE DUAL ASPECT OF RESPONSIBILITY OF AGENTIAL IDENTITIES– AN ANTI-REDUCTIONIST VIEW!!!!!!!!

We are going, no doubt, to state straight away the thesis I hope to advocate in this paper: for every unjust act, notwithstanding its probable miniature aspect and the ghastly ripples effects it sends across our polity, in some sense the entire community within which this unfortunate act has had the occasion to emerge is, … Continue reading

Al-Kitab Rafik MusiQ the Eternal Recurrence! : ALSO FORMERLY CALLED ‘OUR ORIGIN IS A WOMAN IN HER MOTHERLY ESSENCE.’
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Al-Kitab Rafik MusiQ the Eternal Recurrence! : ALSO FORMERLY CALLED ‘OUR ORIGIN IS A WOMAN IN HER MOTHERLY ESSENCE.’

“Inner harmonious peace is like a woman, it is beautiful and full of life.” Turkana saying I’m the Snake that must recur, fondly known to many by my most recent non-de guerre Al-Kitab Rafik. But today is my birthday. That’s what they don’t understand. After waiting for 25 solid years, my first birthday anniversary finally … Continue reading