on plato’s republic and the deconstruction of western philosophical assumptions and some shit…
June 30, 2009 § Leave a comment
i know that we say that plato is the father of european philosophy. who is it who says that all other philosophy is a footnote to plato?
but in thinking today about greek philosophy and literature. specifically plato’s apologia, odyseus and the plato’s republic- i am wondering if plato could better be seen as a the high critic of this european project. in that the republic is a critique of the foundations of european philosophy. and if it can be seen as a deconstruction of european totalizing and idealizing foundations. i mean plato puts forth the idea of the perfect state. right? the perfect government. and the philosopher-king to rule us all in perfect wisdom. but within this we know that plato is not advocating for such a government but showing us the impossibility of such a government. showing us the impossibility of achieving such an ideal. and in his work, he reveals the incredible violence and destructiveness of creating and living by these ideals. and yet he is acknowledging that we as human cultures do create these ideals.
so in real life. our project. rather than trying to re-construct the ideal. on this earth. is to create a world that is open to all of the imperfections (aka not ideal) aka diversity in the world. nothing is ideal. right? but in place of the ideal. we get variety. we get multiplicity. we get hybridity. we get fractures. and pieces. or at least that is how it seems to us looking through the paradigm of the ideal.
once we realize this. then we can begin to talk about how can we contribute to a world that supports this diversity.
i mean what does one see in the blinding light outside of the cave? color. colors. so many different colors. and so much life in so many different forms and shapes and movements and embodiments…so so much…