By Ryan Smith
“[I have meditated] on Plato’s secrecy and sphinx-like nature.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil §28
As far as we know, Plato never told us anything directly. Rather he wrote a series of dialogues from which a certain philosophy and temperament can be noticed by the person who endeavors to read them all. In addition to that we have some letters that were supposedly written by Plato (which he seems to have wanted the recipients to burn) and a ragbag of contemporary testimonies about him (not all of which are reliable and none of which were authorized by him). ...