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Since I've authored a couple of very negative reviews I think I should at least go public and state to all who may have been offended 'here I am if you wish to call me out.' I have nothing to hide, including my ignorance. Do be careful, however, since I do not care about '-isms', 'schools', or 'lineages.' Appeals to authority are the best examples of slovenly thinking. I only draw distinctions … Read more


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Socratic Wisdom: The Model of Knowledge in Plato's&hellip by Hugh H. Benson
This is a book by a professor which was written for professors. More to the point, this is a book by a disciple of Gregory Vlastos for those who take the Vlastos/Irwin mode of reading Plato to be paradigmatic. The text purports to be a reading of Plato's early dialogues (eg. Charmides, Crito, Apology, Euthyphro, etc.) with an eye towards articulating what "theory of knowledge" is articulated by Socrates within these dialogues. Ultimately, the author arrives at the conclusion that "Socratic a strong and complete grasp of distinct F-nesses...[t]his grasp of the respective F-ness produces correct judgements involving F-ness that yield true cognitive states consistent with the… Read more
Margins of Philosophy by Jacques Derrida
Margins of Philosophy by Jacques Derrida
One could open up this review by pointing out that the book being reviewed is not a "coherent" work in the conventional sense of the term but this would be playing into the hands of the deconstructionist. Perhaps it is best to phrase one's comments in such a fashion as to avoid the need for anything more-than-average coherence in a review. "The Margins of Philosophy" is an interesting work by this academically controversial author. Generally speaking--and what more can one do in a review--Derrida's readings are heavily influenced by Heidegger's statement that what an author keeps silent is as important as what he states. This is asserted almost immediately in the… Read more
Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politic&hellip by Fred D. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Weekend at Bernie's, July 27 2001
Miller would like to reclaim Aristotle for the modern world. In order to accomplish this task Miller has decided that he must ignore certain blatantly obvious factors in Aristotle which clash with the way we live today. This is most obvious in his poorly argued decision to attribute a theory of rights to Aristotle. Miller cites but ignores the fact that the language of rights did not appear until around the 13th century. He also ignores the context in which that language appeared. Instead, Miller choses to rely upon an abstract definition of rights by a 20th century academic, apparently not bothering to notice the problem of relying upon the definition of an accepted entity to prove… Read more