Friday, April 06, 2012
Boris Groys has met that guy in the coffee shop, too:

"Socrates offers the image, already familiar to us, of an ill-favored and chronically discontented consumer, constantly in a bad mood and eager for dispute.  Every time Socrates hears the fine words of the sophists, he destroys the good mood by finding some kind of logical defect and unsatisfactoriness in their words, which would otherwise not interest anyone, let alone disturb them.  We often meet such people in everyday life -- in business, in hotels and restaurants.  They are always discontented, they love to quarrel with the staff, and they really get on the nerves of other consumers.  Faced with these quarrelsome and nerve-racking figures, it is not surprising that people yearn for the good old days when this kind of person could be quickly pacified with the help of a cup of hemlock."

(BG, "Prologue," Introduction to Antiphilosophy)

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