LATELY — 6 November 1999

Arguments Against Writing and Books

Ar­gu­ments against writing/books by Plato (via Harper’s)

  • the soul of the speaker is not re­vealed in writing;
  • spon­tane­ity is compromised;
  • words would be put into mouths other than those of their authors;
  • writing does not hear its reader’s response;
  • the hollow heads of state would echo with hired words;
  • the ad­van­tages and powers of books would benefit the rich, as only they have the time to learn reading and the money to acquire books.