Chewing The Cud - download pdf or read online

By John Taylor

ISBN-10: 1909421227

ISBN-13: 9781909421226

Horace, the Roman poet, as soon as declared that his goal was once to claim whatever severe in the course of the medium of comedy. the purpose here's to do likewise; to assert whatever enthusiastic about Nietzsche's carrying on with relevance via a fractious and either reliable and ill-humoured discussion among an all too- human, and getting older Socrates and his former significant other at palms, the Athenian basic, Alcibiades. The dialogue levels over issues either own and philosophical, for, as Horace declined to say, you just get the broader viewers through protecting them rolling within the aisles.
To this finish a undeniable license has been occupied with occasions, dates, and the characters as initially defined through Plato and others. The motion occurs over the process the day after Plato's "Symposium" with a sexually importunate Socrates accosting Alcibiades at a good looks spa and trying to draw him into dialog. Unbeknown to Socrates, Alcibiades starts to offer voice not just to his personal matters and state of affairs yet to the philosophy of he who aspires to be Socrates' nemesis - Friedrich Nietzsche.
All this occurs opposed to a back-drop of a as soon as amazing Athens ravaged via plague and mourning the lack of its pre-eminent elder statesman Pericles, Alcibiades' adoptive father. Death's scythe having decimated the inhabitants, lesser lighting are contending to fill the facility vacuum by means of championing the re-assertion of Athenian energy via potential of what is going to to that end end up to be an ill-fated Sicilian experience. no longer exempt from the existing gloom, Philosophical ambition additionally lies in ruins. Plato has simply again from the court docket of Dionysius having didn't convince the king that humanity's most sensible curiosity will be served via the guideline of philosopher-kings as drafted in his Republic".
Only partly conscious of what all this portends for the longer term, Alcibiades starts off to choose aside the philosophy which Socrates, caring approximately his legacy, has spent an entire life wittingly, and - as he occasionally complains - unwittingly, selling on the behest Plato's quill - the inquisition ranging over either intimate and philosophical concerns in regards to the self, morality, fact, paintings, girls and love. Alcibiades is all too good acutely aware that the issues in simple terms commence with the demise of God for what's relatively at factor, and is still as a way to this present day, are the shadows nonetheless solid by means of this former belief.

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