quarta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2013

No Offense Taken

Aristotle's performance is quite different. It is not only that in his works Platonic glamour is conspicuous by its absence, and that instead we find (if such a thing may be said without offense of so great a figure) decorous, pedestrian, slightly mediocre, and more than slightly pompous common sense. Nor is it only that Aristotle much more than Plato — in any case, much more frankly than Plato — co-ordinated and discussed pre-existing opinions that prevailed in what must have been a copious literature. The essential difference is that an analytic intention, which may be said (in a sense) to have been absent from Plato's mind, was the prime mover of Aristotle's.

Joseph Schumpeter, History of Economic Analysis 57
Oxford, OUP: 1994.

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