My first post-grad module is the history of political philosophy, and my first assignment is on the classics. I’m doing Plato’s Republic. Whilst doing some research I came across a sentence which made me understand why people might avoid speaking to me at parties.

“Thus the philosopher’s pattern of an F simply specifies the features an F must have, or must lack, if it is to be good. It isn’t a blueprint for an actual F, and it certainly isn’t an F of any kind (paradigm or otherwise).”

– Boucher, D & Kelly, P. 2009. Political Thinkers, From Socrates to the Present, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

No wonder people think philosophers are weird!