Saturday, December 7, 2013

Plato Versus Aristotle

Years ago, FLG made the point that all of political theory is just a rehash of Plato versus Aristotle.

Tonight, he saw this book at Barnes & Noble:
Herman (How the Scots Invented the Modern World, 2002) boils Western philosophy and culture down to two competing notions: the idealism of Plato and the empiricism of Aristotle. Plato, says Herman, asks, “How do you want your world to be?”; Aristotle, on the other hand, asks, “How do you fit into the world that already exists?”
FLG'll need to download the Kindle edition. 

1 comment:

Miss Self-Important said...

I made a similar claim in my general exams and was given the question, "And would you say that Machiavelli was an Aristotelian or a Platonist?" What would you say?

 
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