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Their references to things Egyptian were sometimes mocking: They will, indeed, derive no benefit should their ambitions be realized, but by then it will be too late for benefit to anyone else.

Historical Background to Greek Philosophy

Although Thales could not have predicted the eclipse, it could have been predicted at the time -- by the Babylonians.

As it happens, the great rival of Athens, Sparta, was just such a city. A story about Thales throws a curious light on the polarization between commercial culture and its opposition. But if that was the case, why would the story about Thales and the olive presses have been told in the first place?

Similarly, although Socrates avoided participation in democratic politics, it is hard to imagine his idiosyncratic individualism, and the uncompromising self-assertion of his defense speech, without either wealth or birth to justify his privileges, occurring in any other political context.

Naturally, he gave up on tyrants after that experience. Indeed, it is a distressing and sobering new truth of history, little suspected before our time, that a vast educated class may, by its very nature, be hostile to freedom, democracy, and the creation of wealth for everyone -- though China was similarly ill served by the scholar Mandarins.

Indeed, the kings relied so heavily on Greek mercenaries, and there were so many Greek traders swarming over Egypt, that considerable tensions arose. This story curiously contains internal evidence of its own falsehood. The planning of a command economy still sounds like the wave of the future to them.

Too many intellectuals were already mouthpieces for tyranny, even when they didn't need to be, as when the New York Times reporter, Walter Duranty, received a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Stalinist Russia, even while he was helping to suppress the truth about Stalin's terror famine in the Ukraine -- the starving to death of millions of peasants perhaps 5 million just because they had been too successful on their private farms.

During one trip there, however, inPlato so infuriated Dionysius, evidently, that he was sold into slavery and had to be redeemed by his friends and family. The attitudes in Greek philosophy towards Athens and Sparta, as well as sympathies and actions comparable to those of Plato, can also be seen in the Twentieth Century.

The war between the Medes and the Lydians, during which Thales accompanied the Lydian king, also provides us with the one solid date that we have for Thales's life.

Although Thales could not have predicted the eclipse, it could have been predicted at the time -- by the Babylonians. Spartanmorally upright no pornography or gay rights demonstrations thereunified, and remorselessly purposful [ note ]. By studying the stars according to Aristotlehe determined that there was to be an exceptionally large olive harvest that year.

If a commercial democracy like Athens provided the social and intellectual context that fostered the development of philosophy, we might expect that philosophy would not occur in the kind of Greek city that was neither commercial nor democratic. The second insight into Thales's activities comes from the account of his work for King Alyattes of Lydia.

Most of the subjects of the Spartan state had little or no political power, and many of them were helots, who were essentially held as slaves and could be killed by a Spartan citizen at any time for any reason -- annual war was formally declared on the helots for just that purpose.

Plato realized that philosophy had no place there, and he was concerned lest the rulers in his ideal Republic exhibit those characteristics. Consequently, if the story about Thales was not made up out of whole cloth, the only explanation is that he heard, perhaps on his travels, that there was going to be an eclipse.

Augustine was still advising that trade was not a profession that could be practiced without moral harm. As Greek philosophy never came to appreciate the social, political, and economic context in which it originated, grew, and thrived, many modern intellectuals continue to despise the very kind of society in which they are uniquely to be found -- uniquely in great measure because the kind of society they evidently want would actually not allow them to express their own opinions, or to subsidize such expression so lavishly, either at state expense e.

Most of the subjects of the Spartan state had little or no political power, and many of them were helots, who were essentially held as slaves and could be killed by a Spartan citizen at any time for any reason -- annual war was formally declared on the helots for just that purpose.

The truth is not enough.

Historical Background to Greek Philosophy

Similarly, although Socrates avoided participation in democratic politics, it is hard to imagine his idiosyncratic individualism, and the uncompromising self-assertion of his defense speech, without either wealth or birth to justify his privileges, occurring in any other political context.

Borrowing some money, he secured all the olive presses used to get the oil, of course in Miletus, and when the harvest came in, he took advantage of his monopoly to charge everyone dearly. Despite the Fall of Communism, much disdain for commercial democracy remains.

At the same time, it was not uncommon in the United States for leftist academics and intellectuals to harbor much admiration for the Soviet Union, or later for Communist China, Cuba, Vietnam, or Nicaragua, despite widespread knowledge of the police state apparatus of those regimes, of the mass murders, slave labor camps, torture, brainwashing, false confessions, etc.

The intellectuals get silenced, killed, or, almost worse, become fawning mouthpieces for tyranny. As a colony, Naucratis was a little unusual, existing under the sovereignty of Egypt, and also because several Greek cities joined in the founding.The Origin of Philosophy: The Attributes of Mythic/ Mythopoeic Thought.

The pioneering work on this subject was The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East by Henri Frankfort, H.A. Frankfort, John A. Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin (University of Chicago Press,-- also once issued by Penguin as Before Philosophy).

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The Origin of Philosophy: The Attributes of Mythic/ Mythopoeic Thought. The pioneering work on this subject was The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East by Henri Frankfort, H.A.

Frankfort, John A. Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin (University of Chicago Press,-- also once issued by Penguin as Before Philosophy).

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