By J. L. Ackrill
Discusses Aristotle's perspectives on swap, traditional technological know-how, the brain, good judgment, philosophical approach, metaphysics, and ethics, and indicates why the Greek thinker nonetheless provokes controversy.
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What sort of a thing is an 'I'? Does it make sense to suggest that a soul, having been the soul of a living person, might go on existing after that person's death -- after the body has stopped functioning? If 'I', or my soul, can exist disembodied, can it also enter into bodies other than mine? ) Does it make sense to say 'I used to be Napoleon', or 'Napoleon and I are really the same person'? Questions about mind and body, and about personal identity, are among the philosopher's most intriguing and difficult problems.
Metaphysics This subject survived the attack of logical positivists in the 1930s and 1940s, and has been flourishing lately -- under new management. Recent work recognises the key role of language in determining and expressing our conceptual scheme, and concentrates on descriptive rather than revisionary metaphysics -- to use a contrast formulated at the beginning of one of the most influential books published in this field since the Second World War, P. F. Strawson Individuals ( 1959). The topics of very many books and articles published since then (not least in the United States) are straight out of Aristotle.