Welcome to Plato’s Footnote

PlatoAccording to Alfred North Whitehead, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato” (Process and Reality, p. 39, Free Press, 1979).

That may have been an exaggeration, but it is true that Plato (together with his mentor, Socrates, and his pupil, Aristotle) introduced the world to the way of thinking we call philosophy (which comes from a Greek root meaning “love of wisdom”). Philosophy is difficult to define precisely, but — as American Justice Potter Stewart once famously said of pornography — one recognizes it when one sees it.

This site is devoted to my own writings and musings about philosophy. The aim is simply to provide food for thought in a society where there is much more food than thought available. Enjoy it, disagree with it, but above all, think about it.