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Book Title: Hippias Minor or the Art of Cunning|
The author of the book: Plato
Edition: Badlands Unlimited, Deste Foundation
Date of issue: June 11th 2015
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“The person who fails and does embarrassing and criminal things, if he does exist, can’t be anyone other than the excellent person.” —Socrates
One of Plato’s most controversial dialogues, Hippias Minor details Socrates’s confounding arguments that there is no difference between a person who tells the truth and one who lies, and that the good man is the one who willingly makes mistakes and does wrong and unjust things. But what if Socrates wasn’t championing the act of lying—as it has been traditionally interpreted—but, rather, advocating for a novel way of understanding the power of the creative act?
In this exceptional translation by Sarah Ruden, Hippias Minor is rendered anew as a provocative dialogue about how art is a form of wrongdoing, and that understanding it makes life more ethical by paradoxically teaching one to be more cunning. An introduction by artist Paul Chan situates Hippias Minor in a wider philosophical and historical context, and an essay by classicist Richard Fletcher grapples with the radical implications of this new translation in light of Chan’s work and contemporary art today.
Co-published by DESTE foundation and Badlands Unlimited, this book premiered on the occasion of Paul Chan's exhibition "Hippias Minor" at the DESTE Slaughterhouse Project Space on the island of Hydra in Greece (June 15 - September 30, 2015). This ebook includes images from the installation of the works.
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Read information about the author(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: Platón, Platone)
Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
Plato is one of the most important Western philosophers, exerting influence on virtually every figure in philosophy after him. His dialogue The Republic is known as the first comprehensive work on political philosophy. Plato also contributed foundationally to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His student, Aristotle, is also an extremely influential philosopher and the tutor of Alexander the Great of Macedonia.
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