Nature in the Nicomachean Ethics

Regarding the question of nature, or rather the “not-natural” we recall Shakespeare’s use of the word ‘natural’ in King Lear. In the play, political nature has been upset and Shakespeare freely uses the word "nature." If we accept Aristotle’s famous pronouncement that “man is a political animal” in his Politics then indeed human nature has … Continue reading Nature in the Nicomachean Ethics

The Purpose of the Histories: Notes on Book I

Book I is often called "Kleio," named for the muse of the past meaning the "Proclaimer" or the "Rejoicer"; literally "to recount" or "to make famous." The Causes of the Persian WarsAt the outset, in the proem of Book I of Herodotus's Inquiries, he first identifies himself as the author hailing from Halicarnassus in Asia … Continue reading The Purpose of the Histories: Notes on Book I

What Is A Fable?

Unlike the Homeric epics or the histories recounted in the early Biblical texts, the fables of Aesop are short allegories intended to encourage appropriate actions. As elsewhere recounted, the Homeric epics are concerned with the noble deeds of great men, particularly duality between wrath of swift-fated Achilles and long-enduring Odysseus, and the Biblical texts are … Continue reading What Is A Fable?