Saturday, January 24, 2009

"All men by nature desire to know"

Aristotle knows - curiosity is a natural thing. We want to know everything about everything. Aristotle believed philosophy should be studied in a precise order. Learning logic allows us to explain how facts about the world relate to each other. He actually developed the theory of syllogisms - you probably remember :

All men are mortal
Socrates is a man
Therefore, Socrates is mortal

That represents the sequence of logical thought.

After logic Aristotle says Science - or natural phenomena should be next and the final study should be practical philosophy which includes ethics and politics. Putting those two words in the same sentence seems a bit - well, like an oxymoron.
Ethics - combined as it should be with politics, does it ever? We can always hope.

Mean time Arie would make a good hero in my next novel perhaps - he was a very clear thinker - does that go with love? lust? or sex? Perhaps not. Does logic come into play in these circumstances? Perhaps not. Ethics? Politics? well maybe politics...
Some food for thought non-the-less.
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JanetElaineSmith said...

Oh, my! I can hardly wait to see what Cricket Sawyer might do with Ari (Aristotle)! Logic and ethics be damned, methinks.
Janet Elaine Smith

Word Crafter said...

Logic is one of my particular research topics. Some how the paranormal figures to be logical to me - so who knows maybe a time travel so Aristotle and I can discuss - er - um - LOGIC?