In the bottom right-hand corner of the back of the last page of this book, I read: “Made in USA, Middletown DE, February 19, 2019.” How can that be? I ordered the book on February 19, 2019. Do you mean to tell me that the book was made on the very same day that I ordered it? Talk about "made to order"! Talk about "same day service"! Too good to be true. Or so I thought. I double checked the date. Then I triple checked it. Then I scratched my head. I am a doubting Thomas by name and by nature. But still! I had no choice. I had to believe my own eyes. Yes, I believe that I read what I read correctly. No doubt about it. Even so, I am not 100% convinced that what I read correctly is correct in fact. If it IS correct in fact, then that means that the book was ordered, made, and mailed on the same day. I find that hard to believe. But I want to believe it. So, I will believe it. Won't you? Yes? OK. Agreed. With two-day delivery, courtesy of Amazon Prime, the book was waiting for me in my mailbox when I arrived home on the afternoon of February 21. That very evening, I began writing this review, with my head spinning, because of the alacrity of it all. Exciting, isn't it?, to see wisdom that is 2 1/2 millennia old get printed, delivered, and reviewed in just 2 1/2 days. That's a time-compression ratio of roughly 365,000 to 1.
Fear not, my fellow Amazonians. You can easily relax, release, and relieve that unbelievably intense compression of time. All you have to do is this: just flip from the back of the last page, to the front of the first page, and read: “Originally published in English in 1891,” a mere 128 years ago. Further back – 2,418 years ago – Socrates delivered his defense ("Apologia") by speaking it: live, in person, in Greek, at a public trial, in Athens. Shortly thereafter, Plato wrote it down. Since then, Socrates' speech has come a long way – over a long time – and we are still chasing it, breathless, at breakneck speed!
Over the years, I have tackled Socrates' Defense (Apologia) in translation, with helpful footnotes. This edition has no footnotes. And it is an old (1891) translation. Even so, this edition does have its advantages. First and foremost, the title says “Defense” – not “Apology.” Apologia does not mean apology. It means defense. Touche! Second, no peripheral dialogues appear in this edition. This edition presents Socrates' Defense plain and simple, without the usual distractions. Third, this edition goes straight to the heart of the matter, pulls it out, and plasters it, plain as day, on the back cover of the book: “(P)hilosophy begins with an admission of ignorance. Socrates later clarifies that point of philosophy when he says that whatever wisdom he possesses comes from knowing that he knows nothing."
I sympathize with Socrates. Not just intellectually. Personally. For, I too have been summoned to present myself at a public hearing. There and then, I will be ordered to swear that whatever I say will be the truth. If only the law would allow me to decline to obey that order and refuse to take that oath! Why decline? Why refuse? Because I cannot see into the future. I cannot predict what I am going to say. Nor can I promise that whatever I say will be true.
After speaking, I could review a transcript of my words. I could correct my words; revise my words; bring my words closer and closer to the truth. Close. But no cigar. No matter how long I work at it, no matter how hard I try, I shall never know the truth. An omniscient god would know the truth right away. But I shall never know the truth. All I shall ever know are my thoughts. I can believe, guess, or estimate correctly. But that is not the same thing as knowing the truth.
Though I cannot know the truth, I can know my thoughts: beliefs, imaginations, memories, emotions, dreams, ideas, and whatever else I may have in mind at the moment. So, why not let me speak my mind freely & spontaneously!
Alas, even if I am allowed to speak my mind, I cannot not speak my thoughts. I can only speak my words.
Are these my words? Yes. Are my words thoughts? No. Are my words true? I don't know.
Thank you, Socrates, for encouraging an ignoramus like me to think, write, and speak as I do.
Thank you, Amazon, for allowing me to post this review.
Thank you, my fellow Amazonians, for reading it.
The Defense of Socrates Kağıt Kapak – 5 Ekim 2017
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- Yayıncı : Independently published (5 Ekim 2017)
- Dil : İngilizce
- ISBN-10 : 1549905236
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549905230
- Boyutlar : 15.24 x 0.25 x 22.86 cm
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