Draw a comparison between the moment in the Apology where Socrates asks the jury to “pay no attention to my manner of speech—be it better or worse—but to concentrate your attention on whether what I say is just or not, for the excellence of a judge lies in this, as that of a speaker lies in telling the truth,” and the demonstration that Heidegger provides of meditative thinking in the “Conversation on a Country Path.”
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In this brief paper, I first make a connection between Socrates in The Apology and the ‘about-ness’ I understand Heidegger sees as our defining characteristic. I argue that Socrates exemplifies this ‘about-ness’, rather than the waiting or that-which-regions toward which Heidegger counsels us. As will be seen, I think this raises fundamental and deeply disconcerting questions about our basic notions of ‘truth’, with similarly troubling implications for the resulting power of packaging and medium over ‘truth’.
I think we should be careful to not try to draw too ‘tight’ a parallel between, on one hand, Socrates’ request for his jury to attend not to the “manner” but rather to the “truth” of his speech and, on the other, Heidegger’s...
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