Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 170.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 06:13:28 +0100
Subject: re 17.165 nesting and linear narratives
And why would Plato do this ?
"I've always felt that the contextualizing parts (the nested narrative) of
Plato's dialogues subvert the "truth" these dialogues are ostentatiusly
after, among others (the S. extremely so!) by foregrounding the
unreliability of the report of the discussion (of which the written version
is again a report, tainted - a Plato asserts elsewhere by the fact of being
written). It's one of the functions of nested narratives in general, but of
course noteworthy in the case of a philosphy of truth. "
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