What is the difference between understanding and practical wisdom?

What is the difference between understanding and practical wisdom

What is the difference between understanding and practical wisdom

 

Understanding or lack of understanding in virtue of which we call men “men of understanding” or “men void of understanding”, are neither entirely the same as scientific knowledge or opinion (for in this case all men would have been men of understanding), nor are they one of the particular sciences, such as medicine concerning the objects of health, or geometry concerning magnitudes; for understanding is concerned neither with what is eternal and unchangeable nor with whatever comes to be, but with things about which one may be puzzled and deliberate. Continue reading “What is the difference between understanding and practical wisdom?”

Is courage teachable or natural?

Is courage teachable or natural

Is courage teachable or natural

 

Again, Socrates being asked whether courage is something teachable or natural, “I think,” said he, “just as a body is by nature more resistant to pain than another body, so, too, one soul to another soul comes by nature stronger with regard to misfortune; for I see that there is too much difference among those who are brought up by the same law and under the same customs. Continue reading “Is courage teachable or natural?”

Why some things are different in species and others are not

Why some things are different in species and others are not

Why some things are different in species and others are not

 

One might raise the question, why woman does not differ from man in species, given that male and female differ from each other as being contrary; nor yet do male animal and female animal differ in species, though this difference belong substantially to animal and not as it is with paleness and darkness, but they belong to animal qua animal. Continue reading “Why some things are different in species and others are not”

How the soul moves the body, and what is the origin of the animal’s motion

Ηow the soul moves the body and what is the origin of the animals motion

Ηow the soul moves the body and what is the origin of the animals motion

 

It remains, then, to inquire the way in which the soul moves the body, and what is the origin of the animal’s motion. For the ensouled, save the motion of the universe, are responsible for the motion of the rest, providing not to move by each other through bumping against each other. This is why all their movements have a limit; and so do the motions of the ensouled. For all animals are both movers and being moved for the sake of something, so that this is the limit of all their motion: the for-the-sake-of-something. Continue reading “How the soul moves the body, and what is the origin of the animal’s motion”