Plato: What did you do?

A reading of the Euthyphro from the categories of Philosophical Gesture and Communication Technology




Eutyphro, Orality, Littracy, Gesture, Religion, Cmmunication Technology


This article is a reading of the Platonic dialogue Euthyphro from the categories of gesture and communication technology. These categories will allow to reveal Plato's intention, as the author of the dialogue, to denounce Euthyphro and all the mentality that this character represents. It will also be shawn how the effectiveness of the gesture that Plato wants to carry out in the dialogue rests on the command of linear and abstract thought demonstrated by Socrates throughout the dialogue. This domain, however, is not based simply on better cognitive abilities of Socrates, but it is a true and proper technological superiority since the alphabet allows the development of these skills. The dialogue then comes to represent not only the clash of a surpassed and inauthentic religious mentality with a rational and authentic one, but also the clash of a thought linked to orality with one that is born from alphabetic technology.


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