- Aldous Blair
- Vancouver B.c
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The modern rebirth of Aristotle's ideas.
These four* tagged speakers invoke powerful arguments that Aristotle's theories about society, morals, democratic debate, and motivation are not outdated or dis-proven, but rather have been vindicated over time, and are now more relevant than ever.
For the less familiar, here are some examples of modern proposals of his ideas at their simplest;
-That citizens and politicians have a responsibility to debate about what we consider moral, and this debate is not possible and impractical to avoid.
-Rules and incentives that compose conventional wisdom should give way to 'Practical Wisdom' where those knowledgeable and able to bend rules to fit circumstances that morally require such, do so..
-"Emotions are not separate from reason, but they are the foundations of reason because they tell us what to value." - David Brooks.
-There's little about us that can be said to be truly individual due to our obvious but forgotten or ill-considered interdependence and influence.
-Human beings are motivated more by a sense of purpose than by any other material incentive.
Part of what this stems from is a universal resentment of institutions, governmental and private, that are failing to treat people as people.
Our opinions must be judged and cannot be calculated or generalised. We need to be seen in a manor that responds to us as we are, not as would be politically convenient.
Why should this come to pass? Why not? And, importantly, how?
*Edit- corrected from 'three' to 'four'