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November 18, 2007



If you enjoy doing philosophy then doesn't Aristotle's conception of happiness and the 'happiness is a feeling school' come down to the same thing?

Against this position, surely anyone, even the philosopher, would get more pleasure, and therefore more happy feelings, from a meal & date with a Hollywood starlet than through reading Kant or Aristotle?

Maybe, over a lifetime, dating Hollywood starlets would pale, but philosophical pursuits would grow more more interesting?

Any Hollywood starlets want to help me test this theory? :-)

Judith is feeling pain and suffering...

Aristotle, what a great man. Let me add something about this figure...

Aristotle (Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs) (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote on many different subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology and zoology.

Aristotle (together with Socrates and Plato) is one of the most important philosophers in Western thought. He was one of the first to systematize Western philosophy and science. His thinking on physics and science had a profound impact on medieval thought, which lasted until the Renaissance, and the accuracy of some of his biological observations was only confirmed in the last century. His logical works contain the earliest formal study of logic known and were not superseded until the late nineteenth century. In the Middle Ages, Aristotelian metaphysics had a profound influence on philosophical and theological thinking in the Islamic and Jewish traditions, and on Christian thought, where its legacy is still felt in Christian theology, for example in Orthodox theology, and especially within the Catholic tradition shaped by scholasticism. All aspects of Aristotle's philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today.

Though Aristotle wrote many elegant treatises and dialogues (Cicero described his literary style as "a river of gold"), it is thought that the majority of his writings are now lost. They were lost and rediscovered several times, and it is believed that only about one fifth of the original works has survived.

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