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Coleridge on Plato

January 1, 2011

Plato’s works are preparatory exercises for the mind. He leads you to see, that propositions involving in themselves contradictory conceptions, are nevertheless true; and which, therefore, must belong to a higher logic–that of ideas. They are contradictory only in the Aristotelian logic, which is the instrument of the understanding. I have read most of the works of Plato several times with profound attention but not all his writings. In fact, I soon found that I had read Plato by anticipation. He was a consummate genius.

Table Talk April 30, 1830

“Preparatory exercises for the mind.” My how we have fallen.


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