Dissident philosopher protests outside Balliol

first_imgJulius Tomin, a well-known Czech political philosopher and classical scholar, protested today for the third day on Broad Street, claiming that Oxford academics were suppressing his radical reinterpretation of Plato and the Western tradition. Tomin, 77, has slept on the street outside Balliol College in protest.A political dissident and reformist Christian Communist, he peacefully resisted the Czech secret police in the 60s and 70s with the aid of prominent Oxford philosophers, being sent to prison several times. He has protested in Oxford several times in recent years and has dedicated his retirement to promoting new and radical readings of ancient philosophy.His study in Oxford of rarely read German scholars and, he claims, his ability to read Greek “while thinking Greek, not like these Oxford professors who only translate” led to a total reversal in his understanding of Plato. This, he claims, has been silenced and suppressed to avoid academic embarrassment since the late 80s.Tomin, who previously gave high profile lectures to Oxford dons and publicly in a Swindon pub, hopes to be invited to speak by Oxford students on his new ‘revolutionary’ paper on Plato’s ‘Parmenides’ dialogue. He may be reached via his website.last_img read more


first_img93, died on August 5, 2017 at her residence, with her family by her side. Margaret was born in New York City and was a lifelong Bayonne resident. She worked for Norton & Son Paint Company in Bayonne for many years. She was a member of the Saint Andrew Rosary Society and was active in many Bayonne Senior clubs. Wife of the late Jack A. Pellet. Mother of Margaret Holland (Michael Murrin), and Jack Pellet (Paula). Grandmother of James, David, Lauren and Samantha. Great-Grandmother of Brianne, Victoria, Tyler, Jack Elliot and Cecelia. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more