Because of Wonder

Nothing like a little Aristotle in the morning to let you know that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

διὰ γὰρ τὸ θαυμάζειν οἱ ἄνθρωποι καὶ νῦν καὶ τὸ πρῶτον ἤρξαντο φιλοσοφεῖν.

Aristotles, Metaphysica, 982b13

…and also…

λέγωμεν διαρρήδην ὅτι δὴ ὡς ἔχει πρὸς εὐδαιμονίαν τὸ φιλοσοφεῖν, οὕτω καὶ πρὸς τὸ σπουδαίους ἡμᾶς ἢ φαύλους εἶναι αὐτὸ διακεῖσθαι.

—Aristotles, Protrepticus

For because of wonder do men both now and at the first begin to philosophize.

—Aristotle, The Metaphysics

…and also…

Let us say plainly that the act of philosophy stands in relation to happiness precisely as also the same lies in relation to our fulfilling our purpose in life or not.

—Aristotle, The Exhortation

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being the gadfly of my discipline.


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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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