Our core categories unchanged since the Greeks

Wed, 27/01/2010 - 23:33 -- Heward Wilkinson

Philosophy is a very very thin crust coating over the magma of life just beneath the surface. It keeps solidifying in the same forms. Amazing that we are still arguing and conceptualising with the categories of Plato and Aristotle in all contexts after over 2000 years! We cannot think outside them. Reading Aristotle has given me a new way in to Strawson's Individuals - and vice versa! http://is.gd/7bnfR In Strawson's language we are still in thrall of the ultimate revisionary metaphysics - those of Plato and Aristotle. We only think they are descriptive and not revisionary precisely because we remain in their thrall! Strawson's position is deeply a-historical.