Item 158 - Letter from W.H. Thompson to Henry Sidgwick, with notes on a passage from Plato's Republic

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ADD.MS.c/95/158

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Letter from W.H. Thompson to Henry Sidgwick, with notes on a passage from Plato's Republic

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  • 20 Sep [before 1887] (Creation)

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2 docs: letter plus enclosed notes.

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(1810–1886)

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Letter (158/1) referring to the 'enclosed contributions' [158/2] to Sidgwick's paper as meagre, but as being representative of what he had found time to read and think about during the summer. Believes that the passage in Plato's Republic must stand, and states that the true ruler 'ought to know enough of the true statecraft to govern without the consent of mutinous inferiors.' Dicusses the difference between statecraft and statesmanship. Hopes that Sidgwick will have enough papers printed for Thompson to have half a dozen.

158/2: transcription of a passage from Plato's Republic relating to a steersman and his crew. Refers to notes made some years before, which discuss the passage in terms of its literal and grammatical content. Refers to 'Mr S.'s' [Sidgwick's?] view on the passage.

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