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By John Faithful Hamer

ISBN-10: 1545298580

ISBN-13: 9781545298589

THE go back OF THE APHORISM: such a lot historical philosophers wrote little or not anything. They got and transmitted their principles through the spoken notice. a few did this of necessity simply because they have been illiterate. yet such a lot did so, like Socrates, simply because they have been profoundly suspicious of the written note. The spirit of philosophy was once before everything, they notion, a functionality of speeches no longer scribbles. It couldn’t be captured in chirography. however it should be conjured in dialog, and, to a point, encapsulated in aphorisms. for example, Roman infantrymen who may well slightly learn usually controlled, regardless of their loss of studying, to devote a lot of Epictetus’s Enchiridion to reminiscence. Likewise, many an Epicurean shopkeeper dwelling in, say, 2nd-century Athens, might, although functionally illiterate, memorize such a lot (if no longer all) of Epicurus’s sayings and maxims. those aphorisms contained, albeit in a hugely focused shape, good enough knowledge to final a lifetime.

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