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.
accident, chance, fortune
A versus Darwin on the role of chance in nature 171, 174–175
A’s basic position on 176–177
A’s criticism of Anaxagoras 239
A’s criticism of Empedocles 210
a “chance” grouping or crowd 311
Descartes on accident 135, 226
desire to reduce world to a “colossal accident” 238
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