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By John Faithful Hamer

THE go back OF THE APHORISM: so much historic philosophers wrote little or not anything. They got and transmitted their principles through the spoken notice. a few did this of necessity simply because they have been illiterate. yet such a lot did so, like Socrates, simply because they have been profoundly suspicious of the written notice. The spirit of philosophy used to be firstly, they proposal, a functionality of speeches now not scribbles. It couldn’t be captured in chirography. however it may be conjured in dialog, and, to a point, encapsulated in aphorisms. for example, Roman squaddies who may well slightly learn usually controlled, regardless of their loss of studying, to devote a lot of Epictetus’s Enchiridion to reminiscence. Likewise, many an Epicurean shopkeeper residing in, say, 2nd-century Athens, could, notwithstanding functionally illiterate, memorize such a lot (if now not 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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