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GARDENS OF ADONIS

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Talk by Renford Bambrough
Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge
Although Plato himself wrote voluminously on philosophy he uttered severe strictures on writing as a means of philosophical expression. Renford Bambrough comments on this apparent contradiction with particular reference to the Phaedrus. In this dialogue Plato likens books to mere ' gardens of Adonis,' pots in which plants are forced to a specious maturity only to wither and die without bearing fruit: the only proper method of philosophic communication is the converse of true minds.
A new translation of Plato's Phaedrus by Professor R. Hackforth , with introduction and commentary, has recently been published.

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Talk By: Renford Bambrough
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