The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

The Scenic Route

s part of my Great Courses / Historical approach I’ve been reading Herodotus. I’ve read my way to Lecture 3- The Sophists and Social Science in the Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition course. The Histories is not actually part of the reading list in the course but since I’ve got to read Thucydides I might as well read Herodotus while I am at it. Not really philosophy but no regrets since Herodotus is such fun. I honestly know how he has came through the ages as being dull. Here’s the rest of the reading list for the lecture:

  1. Mary Fitt and Kathleen Freeman, trans. And intro., Ancilla to the Presocratic Philosophers (Harvard, 1962)
  2. Drew A. Hyland, The Origins of Philosophy (New York: 1973)
  3. Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy, Vol. 1. chapters 2-13
  4. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, trans. By Rex Warner (Penguin, 1972)

Here are the questions to consider from the text:

  1. How far can a democracy go in using “Sophistic” analyses of political self-interest?
  2. How much does modern social science differ from the premises, methods, and conclusions of its Sophistic forebears?
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