PLATO - The Prophet for the Gentiles
PLATO - The Prophet for the Gentiles
To the Philosophy Professors, the Lovers of Wisdom!
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My name is Brigitte Dehmelt Cooper. This letter is not SPAM. I am passionately involved in the great concepts of philosophy, being concerned with the concepts of truth; having awareness of distinctions, the longing for joy and satisfactions, and maintaining Hope in the face of great tragedies. Coming to terms with the problems of Theodicy, not losing trust in the power and goodness of God, who tolerates much evil in the world, yet being the supreme reality in the Cosmos.
I have attached a PDF copy of my self-published book, “Plato: The Prophet for the Gentiles”, for you to review and to critique, if you feel so inclined. I am not trying to sell my book nor promote it for profit. I simply wish to share my lifelong undertaking and show that Plato’s definition of the Creator God is valid. He created the Cosmos - the region of all distinctions that have intelligibility to the intelligence of human awareness (being), and to auto-kinesis (self-movement), that is the ability of the soul. These qualities belong to the human power to distinguish and know, and are due to His generosity.
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Plato is the Prophet for the Gentiles because he affirms with those distinctions the supremacy of the timeless reality of the soul, which is named ‘Creator God’. Plato’s validation of the Creator God has nothing to do with the common ‘proofs’ which use the axioms that define the syllogism. It rather rests on knowing the distinctions in the human will, through which we have awareness of simultaneity in likeness between intelligibility and intelligence, and the different genetic, physical relation ‘in the likeness of’: son to father.
The Occident, Europe, was blessed with the insight of the universality of valid distinctions named ‘truth’, affirming that: "Knowing distinctions precedes thinking."
We are all called by our ability to rely on distinctions. Aristotle’s claim: “that nothing is in the mind that was not prior in the senses!”, is the prejudice of contemporary "wisdom"! Intelligibility and Intelligence are the great abilities of humanity, with which we can partake in ‘divine’ reality. To confuse ‘thinking’ with ‘knowing’ is the erroneous conviction of the misleading assertion that, humanity has no contact with meaningful ‘eternity’, which is called by mankind, the ‘divine sphere’.
Socrates and Plato knew differently, not through special information only given to some chosen person through ‘super-natural’ or ‘divine’ revelations, but rather through clarity in their thoughts, being comprehensible to the human understanding of distinctions which invite us to willingly embrace the ’law of love’.
Here follows the reasoning of Socrates’ address to every Athenian passing by him in the Market Place encouraging them to: "KNOW THYSELF!"
Please take the time to read my work and share it with colleagues and students. I would very much like to know your thoughts, praise or criticism, comments or rants. I am willing to provide as a gift, a bound copy to anyone who sincerely desires it. Simply email me with your request, and hopefully some comments, along with a postal mailing address (sorry, no P.O. Boxes) and I will have Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com ship out a copy immediately. However, if you choose, you may purchase a copy directly from Amazon or the Barnes and Noble websites by using the links below. If you are an educator and would like multiple copies for your students, please contact me via email or telephone to make an arrangement or use the links below to order books directly.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Brigitte Dehmelt Cooper
20th World Congress of Philosophy at Boston University August 1998
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