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By Michael W. Austin, Scott F. Parker

ISBN-10: 1444393375

ISBN-13: 9781444393378

Delivering philosophical insights into the preferred morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick starts off the day with an unique yet serious dialogue of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and tradition of coffee.

Matt Lounsbury of pioneering company Stumptown espresso discusses simply how strong espresso can be
Caffeine-related chapters disguise the ethics of the espresso exchange, the metaphysics of espresso and the centrality of the espresso residence to the general public sphere
Includes a foreword by means of Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies espresso corporation

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414 and 459. 14 386 C. The Odyssey (XI. 489) translation is mine. 3 Republic 376-40 3 1; ous misstatements about human Hfe, making out that wrongdoers arc often happy and the good miserable; ... and that being just is one's own loss though to the advantage of others. We shall have to prohibit sllch poems and tales and command them to sing and say the opposite" [39 2 J. Thus Plato would prohibit Sophocles' Antigone and Electra, as well as Euripides' 1Vledea and Hippolytus, his Trojan Women, and, for different reasons, his Electra, to draw out only a few of the implications of Plato's principles.

Still, it would not do for good men to act in comedies; therefore "he should command slaves and hired strangers to imitate such things, but he should never take any serious interest in them himse1f~ nor should any freeman or freewoman be discovered taking pains to learn them" [816]. Docs this mean that Aristophanes would have a place in Plato's city? No, "a comic poet or maker of iambic or satirical lyric verse sha11 not be permitted to ridicule any of the citizens" [93S]-which had been Aristophanes' stock in trade.

Plato wrote against thc back· ground of a great war that Athens had lost and Sparta won, and partly for that reason found more wisdo~ in the political arrangements of Sparta than in those of Athens; he also wrote in a vain effort to arrest develop. ments that were about to cost not only Athens but all of Greece her mastery of her own fate. It makes little sense to blame a man who wrote at that particular moment in history for being wary of change instead of equating it with progress. Plato's remedy is, in two words, benevolent totalitarianism: a curtailment of freedom, an imposition of censorship, indeed the institution of a system strikingly similar to the medieval inquisition tlmt Aquinas justified.

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