Greek conception of nature

Greek conception of nature - one as in both Platonic and...

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Greek conception of nature: Everything in nature has a purpose and in every conceivable object there exists a principle of internal motion (seed and plant) which . If the process of motion toward a goal is interrupted, the “thing” in nature is in a constant state of internal conflict, resulting in harm not only to itself, but to its surroundings. In the case of human interaction and society in general, if hubris is exhibited, that is, if one overreaches his boundaries ;say, for example, the philosopher kings become slaves and slav es are put in the position to rule, then, in this case, the slaves will be at a loss as to how to be effective leaders and the philosophers will always want to return to their positions as the ruling. The law of nature is also very much a universal
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Unformatted text preview: one, as in both Platonic and Aristotilean thinking, it is a law that bypasses all sense of time and context. Also, the Greek notion of the soul comes into play here, namely, its three sections, reason, appetite and that which seeks honor. Here we can distinguish the role of guardians, philosophers and [roducers. Though both schools of thinking were formed in Pre-Christain times, we can relte this concept to Cicero’s argument, simply adding that he found universal law to be tantamount to G-d’s word, and since G-d’s word is eternal and, in all reality, is there for the good of the whole, so too then is law, whether written or not, and so too must it be obeyed in equal terms by all men in all time....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHI 101 taught by Professor Howard during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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