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Plato (429?–347 B.C.E.) is, by any reckoning, one of the most
dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most
penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of
philosophy. An Athenian citizen of high status, he displays in his
works his absorption in the political events and intellectual movements
of his time, but the questions he raises are so profound and the
strategies he uses for tackling them so richly suggestive and
provocative that educated readers of nearly every period have in some
way been influenced by him, and in practically every age there have
been philosophers who count themselves Platonists in some important
respects. He was not the first thinker or writer to whom the word
“philosopher” should be applied. But he was so
self-conscious about how philosophy should be conceived, and what its
scope and ambitions properly are, and he so transformed the
intellectual currents with which he grappled, that the subject of
philosophy, as it is often conceived—a rigorous and systematic
examination of ethical, political, metaphysical, and epistemological
issues, armed with a distinctive method—can be called his
invention. Few other authors in the history of Western philosophy approximate
him in depth and range: perhaps only Aristotle (who studied with him),
Aquinas, and Kant would be generally agreed to be of the same rank. Read more at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
By Plato :
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December 16th, 2015
Hippias Minor or The Art of Translation
Sarah Ruden, the translator for Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning was interviewed by Eric Banks in the latest issue of Bomb Magazine. Eric noted, "For years Hippias Minor and the problem of the artful liar has occupied Chan’s mind, so when he was offered an exhibition at the DESTE Foundation’s Pro... more
October 20th, 2015
Hippias Minor "Lively"&"Refreshing"
Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning was recently reviewed in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition by noted Platonic scholar Roslyn Weiss who said we took "a few wrong turns" but that it's ultimately "charming." She goes on to say, "It is refreshing to see an artist’s original take on ... more
June 30th, 2015
TANK Magazine Features Excerpt from Hippias Minor
London's TANK Magazine includes an excerpt of the new Hippias Minor translation in their Summer 2015 Books issue.Check it out on their site or buy it here!... more
June 23rd, 2015
Harriet Quick did a lovely write-up of Paul's show and symposium about Badland's new title, Hippias Minor, at the DESTE Foundation in Greece for Wallpaper*'s website. Quick describes the launch of the book and exhibit in a manner Plato would be proud of, as one where: "Rhetoric and heckling was in f... more
June 23rd, 2015
DIS on Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning: A New Translation
DIS Magazine posted about Badland's new title, a fresh translation of Plato's Hippias Minor, and Paul's new show on the Grecian island of Hydra inspired by it. They premiered drone-shot videos (one captured at night, one during the day) of the installation on the rooftop of the slaughterhouse where ... more