Already a Conflict

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:

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1 Response to Already a Conflict

  1. kc says:

    fwiw, the word “art” in the greek of that sentence has little resemblance to the kind of Modern art you describe, but rather has to do with the a man’s skill or excellence at a thing. Consider that there is an “art” to grilling burgers the best way, or an “art” to public speaking, or an “art” to military command.

    His first sentence might have some relation with original sin. Do men’s hearts really aim at some good all the time? Or do we simply delude ourselves with false visions of what is good? Eve saw that the fruit was pleasing to the eye and good for food, but she missed the point entirely.

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