How Aristotle may help us Conceptualize the Conflict between Ordinary Perception and Modern Science Annotated Bibliography This project serves to fulfill a requirement of PHS 611: Classical Logic and Epistemology, taught by Dr. Philippe Yates, Spring 2018 Continue reading The Two Tables from an Aristotelian Perspective
An excerpt from a recent paper: Incidental being is not an object of science because it is neither always and necessarily in the same condition, nor even for the most part so. The essential stability of knowledge depends upon an essential stability of being. The analogy used to show this is a remarkable example of … Continue reading The Fancy Chef: On the Subject of Science
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
In Book VII of his Elements Euclid sets forth the following: Any composite number is measured by some prime number. Elements, Book VII, Pr.31 By appealing to the impossibility of an infinite regress of natural numbers, his demonstration takes the form of a reductio ad absurdum. (For the proposition, scroll to the bottom of this post) … Continue reading Euclid on Prime Numbers
The ideal audience for this blog will not wish to read this post. This is for my more problematic readers. Of course, seeing that this blog is about four days old, I am taking some poetic license when I use the terms reader or audience. My ideal audience, those who will get the most out of … Continue reading The Problem of Universals: Images and Originals Part III.B
Confronted with the question of sameness, first year Arithmetic students considered yesterday what it means that bees of different shapes, sizes, and beauty, are all still bees. Bumble, Carpenter, Honey, etc… They all look like bees, for they all are, and yet they are each different. What does it mean for us to recognize sameness and otherness? Prompted by … Continue reading The Being of a Bee: Images and Originals Part I