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Aristotle knew what was up. [Mar. 15th, 2006|01:11 am]
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

[User Picture]From: usexpat
2006-03-15 01:27 am (UTC)
It is also the mark of a philosopher.

I took a College course nothing but Aristotle last Spring. It was pretty intense. He had a lot of really good thoughts... even IF he was wrong a lot. BUT... if you look at his writings as him just entertaining these wrong thoughts, then I guess he was never wrong? And/or does this go back to the idea of the wise person knowing nothing? I dunno, I'm just babbling.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-15 09:09 am (UTC)
i bet it was intense!!!

I don't know ALL that much about him, what kind of "wrong" ideas was he entertaining, just because I'm curious.
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[User Picture]From: usexpat
2006-03-16 05:15 pm (UTC)
He lived in a time before the scientific method, so no really made experiments to isolate the causes of things. He and other philosophers thought that they could reason their way to knowledge. Aristotle was VERY good at logic and he could be famous simply for his skills as a logician! However, his attempts to reason his way to knowledge are sometimes incredible (for example after some 100 pages of writing he finally reasoned that thought was the first cause and thought was actually a substance... I can't remember the whole argument, but it was good!). HOWEVER, other times he had really weird conclusions. For example he once reasoned that cold and wet things live shorter lives than dry and warm things. I mean... no one else was really studying biology, and he had a LOT of other stuff on his plate to think about so I will forgive him for those kind of weird conclusions. He also wrote on A HUGE variety of subjects; dreams, movement of animals, botany, weather, metaphysics, physics, morality, astronomy and many other topics. Some of his essays are short, maybe 8 pages. It may be worth trying to google his paper on dreams (might be good for a laugh).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-03-17 12:02 am (UTC)
Totally. I'll check it out.. when it's not the middle of the night.
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