Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…


Ancient Greek term capturing the two-sided nature of life, where a single event or choice has both positive and negative outcomes that can’t be separated.

‘The first stasimon, often referred to as the “Ode to Man”, is one of the most famous choral songs in Attic Tragedy. The Chorus begins by singing: “There are many wondrous things and yet nothing is more wondrous than man” (332). The Greek word for “wondrous” is deinos, which is ambiguous in its meaning. It can also mean “terrible” (i.e., “producing fear”). The Chorus obviously intends the meaning “wondrous” when it praises man for his mastery of nature by the development of civilized skills. This praise of man’s achievement of civilization is undoubtedly inspired by Sophistic anthropological accounts of man’s cultural development as a result of his own efforts. Like the Sophists, the Chorus views human progress in an optimistic way.’

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