Author: D. R. Khashaba
ISBN 978-1-58939-721-7 (softcover)
Our understanding of Plato and our understanding of the nature of philosophy are two sides of a coin. The dominant academic conception of the nature of philosophical thinking vitiates both our understanding of philosophy and our interpretation of Plato. Plato gave us the profoundest truths about ourselves and about Reality in winged myths. Our learned scholars turn the myths into silly dogmata, into transparently erroneous doctrines, and all is lost: the inspirational core, the inspired insight, is dissipated when its housing shell of myth is shattered.
No one is entitled to claim a monopoly on understanding Plato's 'true' meaning, and I certainly make no claim. I neither pretend nor intend to arrive at what Plato thought or taught. Plato has left us some thirty pieces of verbal composition, which he created for his own amusement. I enter into living dialogue with the living Plato and offer the understanding I come out with for myself from that dialogue, not claiming any authority or veracity for my interpretation. I do what Plotinus did; I draw from the flowing founts of Plato to water my own garden and offer my version of Platoism for what it may be worth intrinsically.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.R. Khashaba, b. 1927, an independent philosopher, published Let Us Philosophize (1998). Continued numerous articles to Examined Life Online Journal and Philosophy Pathways. Khashaba, a widower with one daughter, Hanan, and one granddaughter, Farah, lives in his home country of Egypt.
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