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.