The Blind Scholar

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[Originally published March 2011] The Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (IEP), an invaluable [sometimes] peer-reviewed resource established by Jim Fieser, has this to say of the work of one particular thinker from the 3rd Century A.D: The work of Diogenes [Laertius] is a crude contribution towards the history of philosophy…the author is limited in his philosophical abilities and assessment of the various schools…  and is entertaining as a sort of pot-pourri on the subject. Diogenes also includes samples of his own wretched poetry about the philosophers he discusses.. [and] is generally as reliable as whatever source he happens to be copying from at that moment. ** The IEP “is actively seeking an author who will write a replacement article”, but this “anonymous” piece presently stands as the IEP ‘obituary’ to a thinker who produced ten volumes on the history of ideas.  Our entry’s writer (A) concedes Diogenes’ ‘Lives of the Philosophers’ is “an important source of. . .

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