Look, Plato’s really kind of strange. I mean, his writings are all canonical, and supposedly there’s something called ‘Platonism’ in there somewhere, but I can’t find it. Consider – the guy wrote a massive work composed of interlocking dialogues describing an alleged Ideal State as a vast metaphor for the moral person as stable and unified over time, and in the midst of it he condemns representational poeisis. Perhaps my friends there is more going on here than is dreamt of in our philosophy. And then there are those letters – that’s where the strangeness is fully fledged. Yes, dear readers, Plato is much more delightful than the marble statue most make of him.

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