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Aristotle says

Post by Wilson89 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:23 am

Aristotle states that the intellect of our soul relates to the truth in the way the eyes of the bat relate to the sunlight. What do you think he means here?

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Re: Aristotle says

Post by The Voice of Time » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:36 pm

Wilson89 wrote:Aristotle states that the intellect of our soul relates to the truth in the way the eyes of the bat relate to the sunlight. What do you think he means here?
It depends on whether the myth of bats' blindness existed at that time.

If the myth (which is wrong btw) existed, then what he would mean is that the intellect has a passive relationship with the soul, that, much like the dualism of Descartes, even if they coexisted, they didn't cause each other to do things of significance.

If the myth didn't exist, he'd likely mean that the intellect was in a constant exposure to the soul and that this would change it some, but also the other way back. For instance, we shift our gaze if there is too much sunlight, or keep our eyes shut, and it is through sunlight that we are enabled to see, so it is through our soul we would be able to gain (proper) knowledge.

A calm soul might bring us to good and plenty of knowledge, while a stressed one will make us short-sighted and out of touch with a lot of details.

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Re: Aristotle says

Post by Wilson89 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:13 am

If sophia means a attitude to learn knowledge. How does sophia(wisdom) in this way appear to challenge or alter our more conventional views about knowledge?

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Re: Aristotle says

Post by The Voice of Time » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:30 am

Wilson89 wrote:If sophia means a attitude to learn knowledge. How does sophia(wisdom) in this way appear to challenge or alter our more conventional views about knowledge?

thanks, :D
Sophia doesn't mean an attitude to learn knowledge, so I wouldn't know that.

Wisdom is not the harvesting of information or the practice of knowledge foundations, wisdom is the efficiency of knowledge, and so any path that pursues knowledge that is the most efficient is a love of wisdom.

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Re: Aristotle says

Post by HexHammer » Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:35 pm

Wilson89 wrote:Aristotle states that the intellect of our soul relates to the truth in the way the eyes of the bat relate to the sunlight. What do you think he means here?
A bat doesn't rely on it's eyesight in order to hunt or navigate in dark places, therefore the obvious logically conclusion must be that the soul isn't the deciding factor for preceving truth.

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Re: Aristotle says

Post by jackles » Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:02 pm

you got that wrong hex its the other way round.

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