—Confucius (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
Cowardice is knowing what you should do and then not doing it.
TIL: Dialectic vs Eristic
In the original “Republic”—the one by Plato—a distinction is made between dialectic and eristic. The former is argument made in good faith, with the goal of apprehending the truth; the latter is argument as performance, with the goal of tearing down one’s opponent.
How a Liberal Scholar of Conspiracy Theories Became the Subject of a Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory