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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (6245)11/29/2019 11:25:55 AM
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My theory of history is that that it's really describes the rise of science. You will hardly ever see it presented that way because history is a Liberal Arts major and they haven't a clue. My POV is that Aristotle is the prime cause of the rise of Western Civ. When discussing this I use Occam's Razor. It's also known as KISS. Academic Philosophers dismiss this POV as "sophomoric!" I see their attitude as the same as the Catholic concept of spending time discussing how many Angels can dance on the head of a pin. They love Plato. It's no wonder that many students dislike Philosophy courses.

I got my basis for Philosophy from Ayn Rand's response to a group of book salesman during a discussion with her as to how to sell "Atlas Shrugged" in 1957. One asked her to explain her Philosophy while standing on one foot.

She described Metaphysics, which deals with the fundamental questions of reality and Epistemology, which deals with our concept of knowledge, how we learn and what we can know, as:

"where am I" and "how do I know it."

Plato's POV on these two subjects is that we live in a cave and see the light above. There are two worlds. Reason is of no use.

Aristotle's POV is that this is the real world and reason is the way to understand it.

Science is obviously following the lead of Aristotle and rejecting Plato.

Rand believed that Plato and his followers, Kant and Hegel, are the three destroyers of the modern world.

Part one. I will post more.

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