Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ongoing Studies of Follology, the study of folly

Here is a diagram illustrating the development from classical to modern, and post-modern or futuristic ideas of stupidity. At left of the column is the argument "for" stupidity, on the right hand of the column is the argument "against" stupidity.

Among the historical examples of follologists was the late great Erasmus, who wrote In Praise of Folly, a very long-winded argument in which fools are defended tongue-in-cheek.

I hope this is a more efficient treatment of a similar subject (although I don't mention Plato).

No comments: