When I studied him in college, I did not like him very much. He always struck me as pretty boring, and, with plenty of exceptions, his assertions seemed obviously true, strongly defensible, and not particularly imaginative. But of course! The man was a biologist at heart. He liked to classify, to arrange, and he was imminently a fan of common sense and addressing problems which were practical and that would satisfy the majority of people. I resonate with the latter, but the former makes me queasy with boredom.
(I just finished “The Ethics of Aristotle,” a series of 12 lectures by Joseph Koterski of Fordham. I have more substantive thoughts on the Nicomachean Ethics, but I work all the time now and don’t have any time to write. Boo!)
May 2nd, 2011 at 7:02 AM
So what made him so special? Just that he could classify thoughts? Was he an exception in his day? Hope you can continue to post as you start working more….tell us about it!