New Book ↘↘↘↘↘↘↘ Plato's Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning

Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the publication of one of Plato’s most controversial dialogues. Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning details the confounding arguments Socrates makes to back his claims that there is no difference between a person who tells the truth and one who lies, and that the good man is the one who willingly makes mistakes and does wrong and unjust things. But what if Socrates wasn’t merely championing the act of lying—as it has been traditionally interpreted—but rather advocating for the power of the creative act? In this exceptional translation by noted translator Sarah Ruden, Hippias Minor is rendered anew. What follows is that ethical claims take on an aesthetic dimension. And Hippias Minor is illuminated as a provocative theory about how art is a form of wrongdoing, and that understanding art makes life more ethical by paradoxically teaching people to be more cunning. An introduction by artist Paul Chan situates Hippias Minor in a wider historical and philosophical context, and the essay by classicist Richard Fletcher grapples with how ancient ideas about aesthetics echo in the contemporary art world. Co- published by Deste Foundation and Badlands Unlimited and in conjunction with Hippias Minor, an exhibition at the Deste Foundation by Paul Chan (June 15 – September 30, 2015). Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning Introduction and artwork by Paul Chan Translation by Sarah Ruden Essay by Richard Fletcher Coming Soon as a Paperback and Enhanced E-book with Multimedia Content