564: 2.400 Years.

Stove is not always convincing. […] His intolerance for balderdash sometimes led him drastically to undervalue the achievements of other philosophers. It is understandable that he should despise deliberately mystifying writers like Hegel and Heidegger — whatever their virtues, both were addicted to opacity. But it will hardly do to dismiss Plato (“that scourge of the human mind”) and Kant (for example) as overrated poseurs. In such cases, Stove’s impatience led him into caricature. “Plato’s discovery,” Stove writes, “went as follows”:

It is possible for something to be a certain way and for something else to be the same way.


There are universals.

(Tumultuous applause, which lasts, despite occasional subsidences, 2,400 years.)

(Roger Kimball, “Who Was David Stove?,” The New Criterion, Vol. XV, No. 7, p. 21).

564: 2.400 Years.