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BEHOLDING beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities, for he has hold not of an image but of a reality, and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may. Would that be an ignoble life?
During my travels within science, I've found many things in relation to Plato that sits well within today's world of thought and sciences.
For me it's personal to a degree, that what I think of "beyond the limits of our everyday dealings" is to think in terms of what is theoretical in science's work to discover. Where ideas come from.
Now you must know I am a ordinary man whose schooling has not gone far, other then to use this medium to do my research.
So where have you come across Plato in your dealing with writing and journalism, that has influenced the way you think based on Plato's work?
Strauss based perhaps?
Sorry to rain on your parade, but the more I know about Plato, the more I feel the need to study Aristotle. Heh.
Plato's central objective was to provide a theoretical justification of the contemporary polis system of ancient Greece which was undergoing in his time a profound crisis. The Periclean age, the heyday of an independent city-state had gone never to return ... Plato's tragedy was the glaring contradiction between his philosophical and artistic genius on the one hand and the hopelessness of his attempts to revive the dead past on the other.
I think Philosophy departments still make the study of Plato, along with Aristotle, compulsory in getting a major. Plato is still an outstanding introduction to the philosophical trend of objective idealism, two and a half millenia after his death. It's just a pity that the work of some of his atheistic rivals, Democratus and Heraclitus in particular, weren't preserved with the same kind of care that Plato's works were.