A Philosophical Response to Idealism, Positivism, and Gnosticism
Why was (and is) Aristotle «right» and why are we «wrong»? In other words, why are Aristotle’s philosophical reflections on man and the world full, real, and convincing and why is so much of our modern philosophy partial and false? This work offers a detailed assessment of Aristotle’s thought in response to these questions.
Using «man» as a case study, this work shows how Aristotle philosophically treats «him» as a physical, biological, social, political, ethical, creative, poeticising, and philosophising object in the world. It then continues by laying out his consequent conclusions regarding the necessary capacities of natural objects in the world.
Regarding the modern philosophical approach to «man», this work shows that it flows from several directions into narcissism, nihilism, and a desire to control and manipulate the world and other people. In short, this work considers these approaches and seeks to show that Aristotle’s philosophy is «right», true, and commendable and that our modern philosophy is (often) «wrong», vacuous, and distasteful.
Select Bibliography of Modern Resources
Acton, H.B., “Tradition and Some Other Forms of Order”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. LIII (1952–1953) 1–28.
Andre, Shane, “Was Hume an Atheist?”, Hume Studies, Vol. XIX (1993) 141–166 (*).
Bateson, Gregory, “Conscious Purpose versus Nature” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 426–439.
—— “Cybernetic Explanation” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 399–410.
—— “The Empty-Headedness Among Biologists and State Boards of Education” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 343–345.
—— “Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 440–447.
—— “Form, Substance, and Difference” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 448–465.
—— “The Logical Categories of Learning and Communication” in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: Ballantine 1972) 279–308.
—— Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Glasgow: Fontana 1980).
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