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My hypothesis is that it is precisely for this reason that he is so popular among the literary elite.
Plato is seen in traditional philosophy as an important philosopher that his teacher Socrates considers that traditional philosophy the beginning of Western wisdom. Hence, he talks about philosophers who visualize concepts, write books and teach in universities Pre-Socratic† Thinkers not yet “enlightened” by Socrates. Democritus, for example, is seen as a Pre-SocraticHe was born when Socrates was ten years old and lived 30 years more than Socrates. Because traditional philosophy, like Plato, considers the world of ideas more important than reality.
Little or no research has been done on Democritus at universities. And this is not only because only parts of his extensive works remain of him, but also because he was materialistic; Someone believed what he saw. This is in contrast to Plato, who basically saw what he believed in.
Democritus, like many before Socrates, drew inspiration from his philosophy from India, wherever he traveled, which had been transmitted orally for more than 1,000 years.
Democritus’ writings may have survived the Platonists’ lust for power in a similar way. His material has been recorded in the works of other philosophers, in the form of some quotations, but especially in the form of oral narratives formulated by others into materialistic worldviews; in fact.
Democritus’ materialism is the exact opposite of Plato’s idealism. Plato did not mention Democritus once in his entire works, although he clearly knew him, because there are sources that show that Plato preferred to burn all the works of Democritus. which some Pythagoreans advised him against. But the alternative he chose, to remain silent, turned out to be at least effective.
Traditional philosophy is a philosophy transmitted through Plato to Christianity and present-day Judeo-Christian culture culminating in a misunderstanding that the idea is not the truth but the idea that is most important in life. But fortunately, there are still philosophers, inspired by Democritus, who describe their view of reality. Philosophers who do not believe in a contrived concept or idea. Because in the words of the French philosopher Michel Onfray: “Morality tells another person what to do, and morality does the right thing for yourself.”
Plato said that true knowledge, truth; This wisdom cannot be written down, and that “he was therefore only playing with words to entice the youth to come to his academy.” In that academy, he said, he taught these young men what wisdom is. But judging by the surviving portions of the upbringing sessions that preceded Academy membership, that wisdom, too, was limited to somewhat silly word games.
What you can tell that a freshly baked PC Hooft winner in high school has essentially opted for traditional Platonic philosophy is that he also primarily plays word games that spread his passion for obscurantism – and my hypothesis is that that’s exactly why. It is popular with the literary elite.
Because Christianity embraced Plato for his ambiguous games with words and his focus on a mysterious truth that mere mortals cannot discover without being initiated by the master himself, so does the Dutch literary elite like Grunberg, who is harmless as a wholesaler. Small in-depth word games without any line or letter. Or it should be a letter advertising an individual’s job.
For fun, read his texts in English online, in which some depth is usually quotes from others, and you will understand why Grunberg is different from the skeptics of the New Academy. Someone who hopes that true wisdom cannot be written down and eagerly embraces present-day nihilism with essentially empty and unskilled word games, which are nothing more than a cheap marketing ploy for one’s business.