Aristotle's Theory of Concepts and its Consequences
Jun 27, 1993
Aristotle's theory was the only important attempt, prior to Ayn Rand, to formulate a this-worldly view of concepts. Unfortunately, Aristotle's view retained elements of Platonic intrinsicism, leaving reason vulnerable to attack by skeptics. This course will analyze Aristotle's theory and its consequences––good and bad––both for Aristotle's own philosophy and for later Aristotelianism. It will examine the essentials of Aristotle's brilliant but flawed philosophy, while also showing how a theory of concepts affects every branch of philosophy, and illustrating the contrast between Objectivism an intrinsicism.
(The course is a revised and expanded version of Miss Reardan's 1992 course on the same subject.)