Tag: Aristotle

Ethics, Philosophy

Adler’s Moral Axiom

As far as I can tell, there are three major problems in ethical thinking today: Disconnecting ethics from happiness and therefore thinking that personal well-being and pleasure have nothing to do with ethics. Hedonism: The idea that right and wrong is only a matter of what leads to the highest personal pleasure. In social ethics, this means …

Bible, Christianity, Uncategorized

Genesis 1-2 and Man as Artist

One of the ideas that emerges from the first two chapters of Genesis is the distinction between creation and cultivation, nature and art, or even chaos and order. For instance, when God makes the world it is a chaotic emptiness (Genesis 1:1-2), but through the next several verses, he organizes it into a series of …

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Jesus, Rhetoric, and Dialectic

In the past I’ve written pretty extensively about the difference between rhetoric and dialectic. The distinction between the two, I think, can be quite important for understanding Scripture. Here’s a short review: Dialectic is the art of using logic and facts in order to find what is true. In reference to discourse (written or spoken) it …

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On Rhetorical Aims and Defense Against the Dark Arts

There are two modes of public discourse that deal with syllogisms: Rhetoric – the art of persuasion Dialectic – the art of discovering/explaining what must or may be true or false based upon facts and reasoning. The thing about these that is important to remember is that dialectic is not always effective when used as …

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Debating your inner monolog

One of the persistent themes of recent psychological literature on success is the inner voice. Thought it has many names, the inner voice describes sort of things we tell ourselves to psych ourselves up, out, or distract ourselves from ourselves. The Christian tradition, especially the Puritan and Greek Orthodox branches of soul care, did not …

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Charisma, Rhetoric, and Maintaining Personal and Audience Frame of Mind

One of the most important philosophers to read for your personal development is Aristotle. Also, read the book of Proverbs. It has hints for becoming charismatic, managing your money, flirting, being happy, and even going to heaven. In his rhetorical manual, Aristotle observes this (just read the bold to get the main point): But since …

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Aristotle, Feser, Aquinas, and Finality

Ever since the days of Bacon and Newton philosophers and scientists have bothered themselves with determining the material and efficient causes of various objects and events. They, as a matter of course neglected, ignored, and repudiated the use of the concepts of formal and final causality. That was a brief summary of a truncation of …