For Aristotle, place or topos is not the abstract, absolute points expressed by a Cartesian grid extendingout into infinity. Rather place is that which holds and contains; it has a sense of rightness and belonging which every being innately knows. The proper place for the heavy is down (or in the center) as all earthy … Continue reading No Place Like Home: Aristotle and Topos
The Heavens declare the glory of God and the skies showeth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1) When we step outside the walls of a school, when we walk about in a park, when we look up at the sky, as we are about to, we observe. We take in and experience the world. And we all … Continue reading An Address on the Eclipse to the Christian Student
We study the world that we may understand Scripture, and Scripture teaches us to truly read the world. Is this a conflict of principle or a vicious circle? No, it is the ordinary course of human learning elevated to a glorious pitch. God is pleased to use the things of His creation as a tutor unto … Continue reading On Christian Doctrine: The Rule of Scripture and Knowledge of the Profane
Nous in De Anima as a Pattern for Induction in the Posterior Analytics Continue reading A Paper on Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul) and the Posterior Analytics
Words are not first to little children, but sound. They are thrust, in media res, into a world of sounds. But those sounds they hear spoken by men and women are actually words, though the child does not experience them as such. Yet the cause and reason a child is hearing sound is that adults are … Continue reading Words vs. Sounds: Elements or Wholes?
Just as fish cannot pull oxygen directly from the air, but would asphyxiate if left to do so, so too man cannot apprehend the intelligible forms of things directly. We begin in sensation, move to memory and experience, and ultimately to apprehend the forms. from Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics: So out of sense-perception comes to be what … Continue reading Gills:Lungs::Human Knowledge:Angelic