Esther Planas

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My first performative Lecture as action and de-schooling statement
at Five Years during the Free School weeks, I proposed a Symposium of not knowing
wile sharing vine and bread and olives with the public.

The Set at the space with Red Wine, Olives, Bread..... to think and to eat at the same time was very keen to the Greeks .. see The Symposium by Plato.

El maestro ignorante. Jacques Ranciere .

"De este modo, el socratismo es una forma perfeccionada del atontamiento. Al igual que todo maestro sabio, Sócrates pregunta para instruir. Ahora bien, quien quiere emancipar a un hombre debe preguntarle a la manera de los hombres y no a la de los sabios, para ser instruido y no para instruir. Y eso sólo lo hará con exactitud aquél que efectivamente no sepa más que el alumno, el que no haya hecho antes que él el viaje, el maestro ignorante."

I know that I know nothing

"I know one thing, that I know nothing" (Ancient Greek: ?? ???? ??? ????? ???? hèn oîda hóti oudèn oîda;
Latin: scio me nihil scire orscio me nescire) is a well-known saying that is derived from Plato's account of the
Greek philosopher Socrates. This saying is also connected and/or conflated with a contemporary Pythian oracular
answer "Socrates" to the question "who is the wisest man in Greece?".
In Plato
In Apology, Plato relates that:[1]
[…] ????? ??? ?????? ?? ??????? ??? ?????, ??? ??, ????? ??? ??? ????, ???? ?????
– This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything].
On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything].
The impreciseness of the paraphrase of this as "I know that I know nothing" stems from the fact that the author is
not saying that he does not know anything but means instead that one cannot know anything with absolute
certainty but can feel confident about certain things.[2]
Chaerephon, a friend of Socrates asked Pythia, The Oracle of Delphi: "Is anyone wiser than Socrates?".
The answer was: "No human is wiser". Socrates tried to find someone who is wiser than himself, since he denied
any knowledge, among politicians, poets, and craftsmen. It appeared that politicians claimed wisdom without
knowledge; poets could touch people with their words but did not know their meaning, and craftsmen could claim
knowledge only in specific and narrow fields. The interpretation of Oracle's answer might be Socrates' awareness
of his own ignorance.[3]
Socrates also deals with this phrase in Plato's dialogue Meno when he says:[4]
– So now I do not know what virtue is; perhaps you knew before you contacted me,
but now you are certainly like one who does not know. (trans. G.M.A. Grube)
Here, Socrates aims at the change of Meno's opinion, who was a firm believer in his
own opinion and whose claim to knowledge Socrates had disproved.
It is essentially the question that begins "post-Socratic" Western philosophy.
Socrates begins all wisdom with wondering, thus one must begin with admitting one's ignorance.