Very slowly rereading Strauss’ commentary on Book IV of the Memorabilia for the 932487297492th time. Supposedly, the whole Socratic teaching is presented in order with a view to “the man himself” (as opposed to man defined by his political role/social obligations). I wish I could tell you more, but while there’s more I can figure out, there’s also more I’m confused by. I tried writing on this a week ago with the intention of revising what I had written and found myself uncovering problems I hadn’t seen before.
In other news, those of you clicking sitemeter will notice that this site has gotten 200,000 unique visitors – which is, of course, less than many major blogs get in a day. I still think this is significant, although I am at a loss to articulate why. I plan on celebrating this milestone by working on a dissertation chapter all night.
In any case, a celebration calls for music:
Alright, I have to get to work. Two previous entries that bear directly on the themes I’m working on:
- Creating Statesmen, Part 2: Democracy, Oligarchy and Xenophon’s Depiction of Charmides
- Socrates, Dancing and Philosophy
Yeah, those entries carry the rough outline of what I have to get through. Socrates speaks indirectly and ironically to his audience, and compounding that – as you can see in both posts – is that Xenophon is less than explicit with us. Also, if you’re really into this stuff, one consideration re: “the man himself.” Philosophy is the simply best way of life for a human, if it is possible:
Alright, now I have to really go and do some work.