Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From J H Randall's Aristotle

“All men,” Aristotle starts in Metaphysics, “possess by nature the desire to know.” I am not at all sure that is literally true: Aristotle never had the privilege of teaching in an American University. Had he had that chance to observe human nature, he might not have been so rash. But that sentence is certainly true of Aristotle’s “nature.” His great aim in life was to understand—to understand the world in which the Greeks found themselves. This was Aristotle’s all consuming passion. Indeed his may well be the most passionate mind in history: it shines through every page, almost every line.

~ J H Randall in Aristotle 

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