Tag Archives: Socrates

Man is not the measure of all things.

Man is not even the measure of man.

Socratic.

It takes sophistication and simplicity to expose a sophist as a simpleton. 

What would I know?

X: This is all conjecture. I know that I know nothing. Y: What confidence! I don’t pretend to know what I don’t know.  

Socrates.

He was in perfect harmony with himself and in perpetual conflict with others.

It ain’t me, babe.

The day I find someone better than myself to speak with will be the day I assume the task of thinking.

Socrates chose death over exile.

He thereby exposes the gap between ancient ethics of citizenship and contemporary values of diaspora.

One dead sooner, another dead a little later.

Socrates went to his death to prove a point, whereas Galileo negotiated to save his life: this is the decision between ethical truth versus value-free knowledge.

We are individuals, they are a collective.

The fallacy of titles like “Socrates and Asian Thought” can quickly be exposed by turning the tables: a title like “Zhu Xi and Western Thought” clearly suffers from an overgeneralization.

The more likely precursor is medieval obligationes.

Anyone who understands Socrates’ judgment of Sophists doubts that law schools teach the Socratic Method.

Del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

Only in fantasy does one ascend to power by choosing to suffer rather than do wrong.