All higher knowledge in her presence falls/Degraded.
Send them to me.xo, Veralinda the PlatonistP.S. I take that back. Send no students to me in the summer.
V:That's exactly the problem. A former student, emailing me out of the blue, in the middle of the summer? Bound to be a query along the lines of, "Dear Professor: can you tell me what Platonism is?"Platonism per se is not the problem. It's the I'm-too-lazy-even-to-consult-Wikipedia-but-I-bet-that-prof-I-had-that-one-time-would-know-the-answer that's the problem.
Indeed. I had a student write to ask me to tell him what poets have inspired me most in my life, and to recommend to him a poetry reading program for the summer. I'm delighted he's so interested, and yet, I couldn't bear to respond. Where in the world do you even start??
Perhaps ze was accused of Platonism, and wanted to make sure that it wasn't like being accused of plagiarism?I think it takes more energy to e-mail you than to do a Google or Wikipedia search, so there's that.
In my nightmare scenario, he wants to talk about Ficino.
Check your to-do list. You forgot to cross off "buy a house."
I'd rather have a summer email from a student on "Platonism" than "Reading List for Fall."
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