Plato’s Puppet Returns

Re: Peter CameronDiscovery and Invention

Between the discovery and the invention,
Falls the Shadow, who knows, you know,
By tracking backward, retracing the steps
Of the tourist, who comes not to conquer,
But to enjoy the winding stair to the place.

That all invention is discovery recalls the Platonic idea that all learning is recollection.

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3 Responses to Plato’s Puppet Returns

  1. But what if all invention is discovery?

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      The meanings of words like discovery and invention are not fixed enough to determine a settled conclusion — they can but lead to a field of ideas whose cross-pollination can be fruitful in time, if we don’t try to rush the harvest.

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