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Mohan Matthen

Myles was a friend. He was quite a remarkable individual. He had the ability, that you allude to Eric, to take from you what you were capable of giving. That sounds as if he was selfish. But actually, it was the opposite. He tried to find out what you were good at and gave you a chance to tell him about it. I learned a lot about by talking about sense-data with him, to give you an example. That's one reason I am surprised you think that he exemplified "a wider limitation of that generation of analytic, 'ancient' philosophers to have overly firm, and in part mere fashionable, views about what mattered." Actually, I think he took ancient philosophy into channels that it hadn't occupied, at least not in Anglo-American philosophy departments.

Mohan Matthen

P.S. I too wrote about the paper on Idealism and Greek Philosophy. It was one of my earliest publications, and Myles was tremendously encouraging.

Eric Schliesser

Hi Mohan, thank you for these reflections about your friend. (My sincere condolences.) I agree with what you say and like how you put his strengths as an interlocutor (and teacher). We also agree that he he took ancient philosophy into channels that it hadn't occupied--this is what I tried to express in my claim that he was "unusual for his deep interest in the evolution of views about and canon-formation of ancient philosophy."


Thanks for this Eric (and for your continued devotion to Ian, which I share!). Zena

Aaron V Garrett

A few weeks ago I used the first page of "Plato on Why Mathematics is Good for the Soul" in class as an example of how great writing can get you to turn the page even when the subject is one you might not otherwise think is interesting. He was really extraordinary.

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