Chewing The Cud by John Taylor

By John Taylor

Horace, the Roman poet, as soon as declared that his target was once to assert anything critical during the medium of comedy. the purpose here's to do likewise; to claim whatever eager about Nietzsche's carrying on with relevance via a fractious and either reliable and ill-humoured discussion among an all too- human, and getting older Socrates and his former better half at palms, the Athenian basic, Alcibiades. The dialogue levels over issues either own and philosophical, for, as Horace declined to say, you just get the broader viewers by means of conserving them rolling within the aisles.
To this finish a undeniable license has been considering occasions, dates, and the characters as initially defined via Plato and others. The motion occurs over the process the day after Plato's "Symposium" with a sexually importunate Socrates accosting Alcibiades at a good looks spa and trying to draw him into dialog. Unbeknown to Socrates, Alcibiades starts to offer voice not just to his personal issues and state of affairs yet to the philosophy of he who aspires to be Socrates' nemesis - Friedrich Nietzsche.
All this happens opposed to a back-drop of a as soon as amazing Athens ravaged by means of plague and mourning the lack of its pre-eminent elder statesman Pericles, Alcibiades' adoptive father. Death's scythe having decimated the inhabitants, lesser lighting are contending to fill the ability vacuum via championing the re-assertion of Athenian strength by means of skill of what is going to therefore end up to be an ill-fated Sicilian event. no longer exempt from the existing gloom, Philosophical ambition additionally lies in ruins. Plato has simply back from the courtroom of Dionysius having didn't convince the king that humanity's top curiosity will be served by means of the rule of thumb of philosopher-kings as drafted in his Republic".
Only partly conscious of what all this portends for the long run, Alcibiades starts to select aside the philosophy which Socrates, caring approximately his legacy, has spent a life-time wittingly, and - as he occasionally complains - unwittingly, selling on the behest Plato's quill - the inquisition ranging over either intimate and philosophical matters about the self, morality, fact, paintings, ladies and love. Alcibiades is all too good conscious that the issues purely start with the demise of God for what's particularly at factor, and continues to be as a way to today, are the shadows nonetheless solid by means of this former belief.

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