The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Gifford Lectures 1927-28, New York: The Free Press, 1973. Internet Archive, accessed April 10, 2021. Part II, Section I, Chapter I.
For budding Phil-nerds, here is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Alfred North Whitehead.
And, Plato’s Republic.
Saturday Morning Pam-toons. End of the Clapham Line. Guest artist Mackenzie K. (Repost Sept. 2020) ›
You have made yourself immortal, Pam: I will NEVER again hear or read the word “footnote” without thinking of this!
Thank you, I think.
Lol! Sorry! … I think ;0).