Misology, the opposite of Philology

οὐκ ἔστιν ὅ τι ἄν τις μεῖζον τούτου κακόν πάθοι ἢ λόγους μισήσας. Plato, Phaedo 39D

It is not possible that anyone suffer an evil greater than that he should come to hate rational conversation (λόγους, lógous, lit. “words”). Plato, Phaedo 39D

10-a-death-of-socratesThe Phaedo is the dialogue in which Plato shows the last conversation of Socrates with his friends before he dies. Its principal subjects are death and the afterlife, and misology.

Misology is the opposite of philology, the discipline to which I have dedicated my life, the cause that ranks second only to that of serving my family and neighbors. It is the only “ideology” of which I would be willing to be accused, if that could reasonably be called an ideology which exists to defeat ideology.

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly.


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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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