[MD] I may have missed something

Howze, John@EDD John.Howze at edd.ca.gov
Wed Dec 12 12:55:11 PST 2012

Levels of hierarchical structure may be very precise.
I don't know, since I'm not particular about what precise or precision is.

I think 'nested' levels may describe a form of analogic thinking.
The hierarchies envelope each other.

But getting back to Lila and ZMM... I think it is best represented in that
dissolution of self, that likely appears in the book, and is not considered part of the dialectic as it were.
If I am unclear here....so sorry.

Let me find  a passage to quote, and see if the written analog coexists with the existential one.

Here's a quote to gnaw on, though my teeth don't generally do well at that.

"Plato believed the dialectic was the sole method by which truth was arrived at.
The only one.
That's why it is a fulcrum word.  Aristotle attacked this belief, saying that the dialectic
was only sustainable for some purposes - to enquire into men's beliefs, to arrive at
truths about eternal forms of things, known as IDEAS, which were fixed and unchanging
and constituted reality for  Plato."

( around page362)

Phaedrus is silent and tries to work out an answer.  Everyone is waiting.
His thoughts move up to lightning speed, winnowing through the dialectic,
Playing one argumentative chess opening after another. Seeing that each one
loses, and moving to the next one, faster and faster - but all the class witnesses
is silence.  Finally, in embarrassment, the Professor drops the question and begins
the lecture.  But Phaedrus doesn't hear the lecture.  His mind races on and on through
the permutations of the dialectic, on and on, hitting things, finding new branches and
sub-branches, exploding with anger at each new discovery of the viciousness and meanness
and lowness of this 'art' of dialectic.

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