Re: thoughts on origin of religions

Date: Tue Feb 26 2002 - 14:37:42 MST

On Sat, Feb 23, 2002 at 02:11:54PM +0100, Jacques Du Pasquier wrote:
> Plato's ideas (whether he invented them or rather crystalized them)
> for example were a great support for the development of Christianity.
> Can you imagine Plato without writing? In fact can you imagine
> philosophizing (for best and worse) without writing?

Oh, that's very hard to imagine! Let's see... Socrates!

Don't you think that the use of the dialogue form by Plato and later
philosophers is telling here? I mean you don't need the written word to do
philosophy -- any more than you need writing to do reasoning, logic, math,
solve problems, etc. Surely, it helps out, but how much? Even when you
read something on philosophy, you still have to do the work in your head.
If not, then can you claim to have done philosophy (or math or science or
anything that involves more than memorizing a result)?


Daniel Ust

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