Saturday, August 26, 2017


A Danger

Robert Browning (1914-1997), "Enlightenment and Repression in Byzantium in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries," Past & Present 69 (November, 1975) 3-23 (at 3):
Education, and particularly higher education, represents a danger for any established authority, and particularly so when it gives its pupils access to a long and distinguished intellectual tradition. The pupils of Plato are rarely conventional good citizens. And those who have learnt from Aristotle to analyse and to compare, tend to do so just when those in power least want them to.

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