Friday, October 16, 2009

Quote of the day II

Yuval Levin:
Avoiding the worst, rather than achieving the worst, is the great goal of the moderns, even if we have done a very good job of gilding our gloom with all manner of ornament to avoid becoming jaded by a way of life directed most fundamentally to the avoidance of death...Our unique answer to fear, however, is not courage but techne, which is much less demanding.


In the previous paragraph, Levin portrays Aristotelean teleology and the Hobbesian-Lockean concept of a State of Nature as opposites. One focuses on the best of our nature, the other the lowest.

Perhaps I'm some ignorant buffon who is unaware of these discussions elsewhere, but I'm only on page 12 and the book has already provided several insights.

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