SOMETHING FOR EVERY-BAWDY: A GREEK COMEDY TONIGHT

What is the calumny which my enemies are spreading against me?  It would run somewhat in this fashion: ‘Socrates is an evil-doer, who meddles with inquiries into things beneath the earth, and in heaven, and who “makes the worse appear the better reason” and who teaches others these same things.  That is what they say, and in the Comedy of Aristophanes you yourself saw a man called Socrates swinging around in a basket and saying that he walked the air, and talking a great deal of nonsense about matter of which I understand nothing, either more or less…  But the fact is, not one of these stories is true.

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Missing History of Descartes Part 2

Previously, on the Missing history of Descartes

– Descartes beat a dog to cheer him up after a savage hangover; only to see a dark and eldritch spectre flitter over the roofs of the houses nearby. Descartes moved in pursuit of the foul creature, only to realise that the tables were to quickly turn on him once darkness befell the city. Descartes hits up his old contacts from when he was a spy for the Jesuits, and is now patiently awaiting their arrival at his lodgings.

And now; back to our story…

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Missing History of Descartes Part 1

Editor’s Note:

Until now, the life of Rene Descartes; specifically, his middle years after university and prior to publishing his metaphysics, have been lost to history. We knew little of what happened to him in that time.

However, The Independent Philosopher’s premier philosophy researcher – Jack Lonsdale – went in search of what really happened to Descartes and to publish his full account of what he found here on The Independent Philosopher.

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