Monday, February 12, 2007

Cite Your Sources

One professor of mine from Penn once said in a lecture that "all of Western philosophy is a footnote to Plato." In light of yesterday's post and another revelation from today's reading, I'm no longer as skeptical of this idea if we temper disbelief and award it partial credit in some sort of six degrees of separation sense...

"[T]hat fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones."
Justice Brandeis, Whitney v. California (1927)

"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."
Master Yoda, Episode I (1999)


At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of citing your sources, you might want to tell your Penn professor that he should attribute his "footnote to Plato" comment to Alfred North Whitehead, who wrote that exact statement in 1929.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger NYC Guy said...

Argh. This madness will never cease. I can't imagine he made that comment without attributing it. The failure is probably mine and one due to the haze of now being five years removed.


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