Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Plato: Pro and Con

Plato was correctly foundationalist, epistemologically and morally absolutist, and ethical essentialist. He correctly believed in truth as correspondence, universals, theistic proofs, afterlife and immortality, and innate intellectual capacity.

Plato wrongly believed in Finite Godism (coming soon), anthropological dualism, innatism of ideas, reincarnation [1], and humanistic optimism [2]. Plato never solved the problem of the one and the many and his theology is inadequate.

I plan to read and comment on Plato's The Republic by this summer. Currently I am about to start Niccolò Machiavelli's [3] The Prince. I will read and comment on a number of other books of various themes over time.

[1] http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/reincarnation-is-false.html
[2] http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/statements-values-and-premises-of.html
[3] http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/machiavellianism-is-wrong_30.html

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