To celebrate (and postpone) our big ep. 300, here's a brand new mix and edit by Tyler Hislop (and Mark) from the original voice files of our very first discussion, covering Plato's "Apology."
Recorded by Mark, Seth, and Wes on April 19, 2009. Contact us to let us know what you think of it: Is this the best version of PEL, or merely embryonic? What would you think of it if you didn't know what we'd go on to do?
This reading is all about how Socrates is on trial for acting like an ass and proceeds to act like an ass and so is convicted. Big surprise. On this our inaugural discussion, we talk about how philosophers are arrogant bastards who neglect their children, how people of all political stripes don't usually examine their fundamental beliefs (but probably should), why it might be better to know you know nothing than to only think that you know nothing, and how Plato was a super genius all of whose texts you should worship uncritically. Plus: podcaster philosophical origin stories, like when Wes was bitten by a radioactive Anaxagoras.
Read along in this free online version of the text, or try this: Plato's Apology of Socrates: A New Translation, in the Style of a Cinematic Novella.
Note that even though Dylan hadn't joined the podcast yet at this point, he's referred to multiple times as "my brother-in-law who works at St. John's," so he's here in absentia.
Image by Charles Valsechi.