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By John Faithful Hamer

THE go back OF THE APHORISM: so much historical philosophers wrote little or not anything. They bought and transmitted their rules through the spoken observe. a few did this of necessity simply because they have been illiterate. yet so much did so, like Socrates, simply because they have been profoundly suspicious of the written observe. The spirit of philosophy used to be initially, they proposal, a functionality of speeches now not scribbles. It couldn’t be captured in chirography. however it might be conjured in dialog, and, to a point, encapsulated in aphorisms. for example, Roman squaddies who may perhaps slightly learn frequently controlled, regardless of their loss of studying, to devote a lot of Epictetus’s Enchiridion to reminiscence. Likewise, many an Epicurean shopkeeper dwelling in, say, 2nd-century Athens, might, although functionally illiterate, memorize such a lot (if no longer all) of Epicurus’s sayings and maxims. those aphorisms contained, albeit in a hugely centred shape, good enough knowledge to final a lifetime.

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