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AlbertJayNock

Aristotle, Knowledge & Understanding

I've long posited that a good definition of intelligence is the ability to make the round trip between the abstract and concrete. So I was gratified to read the following passage in Jonathan Lear's  Aristotle: The Desire To Understand:


Aristotle's suggestion , then, seems to be what is needed for mathematics to be both true and knowable is for there to be a bridge between the physical world and the (fictitious) world of mathematical object. ....Moreover, there must be a bridge to  cross from the structural features of the world to the mathematical world and then return to the physical world.


Granted, this defines intelligence more narrowly  than I did. Perhaps this definition was attractive to me because mathematics was my first academic love.

The passage quoted was Lear's interpretation of passages in Aristotle's Metaphysics (chapter 13) and Physics (chapter 2). I need to read these to see if this definition of intelligence has broader application than mathematics.

Even if it doesn't, I'm gratified that Aristotle and I are on the same page. After all, he wrote the book (literally!) on how to think.

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