Tag Archives: Aristotle

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 52. On Arguments.

Depending on what definition you use, an argument comes in many forms. Recently I’ve adopted the philosophical and logical definition. An argument is a statement in which premises (propositions) support a claim.

James was born in Ireland. James holds an Irish passport. Therefore James is an Irish citizen. This is a simple syllogism as popularised by Aristotle. You make a claim, then you back it up with supporting evidence. This is deductive logic at its finest.

Other types of arguments can result in name-calling, Internet hating, divorce, law-breaking and severe migraine. I can almost see Aristotle spinning in his grave.

 

 

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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 35. On Achieving Serenity…Kind Of.

If you’d have known me a few years ago, I was a basket case. More reactive than proactive. The kind of person who caused crises rather than averting them. I’m not saying I’ve completely changed, but I’m getting there. You see, I’ve taken to classical studies recently, reading the likes of Aristotle, Plato, Seneca and Epicurus. These men knew how to live and also knew how to pass on their wisdom.

Now, rather than jumping in with both feet, I’ve learned to take a step back to consider the possible consequences of my actions. It’s easy once you know how.