I’m doing some research into Aristotle for a class I’ll be teaching later this summer on Catechesis. (Stay tuned for more details on that, but if you will be anywhere near Southeast Wyoming the first part of August, save a couple of days.)
If you’re researching Aristotle, you can 1) Read a boring book about Aristotle, or 2) Read Aristotle. I am doing the latter – his Ethics to be exact. And in sentence one, I can already see the conflict between the old and the new.
Here is Aristotle, “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good…” And then I consider modern “art”, which is supposed to tear down, challenge, deconstruct, transgress in some way. And I’m trying to imagine how he might respond to our new ideas. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are three thousand words detailing how I imagine his response. Perhaps cliche, but I think accurate: