Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
When the ways of friends converge, the whole world looks like home for an hour
Mark Vernon's book is a recent, intelligent and accessible exploration of friendship, taking its cue from Aristotle's distinction between three kinds of friendships - those based on utility, friendship and a genuine admiration and caring for each other. Mark Vernon also has a podcast on Aristotle's theory of friendship
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the
right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.
This quotation is given at the start of Dan Goleman's Emotional Intelligence.
It seems to me that what Aristotle is talking about would be described better as "emotional wisdom"
An example of using anger wisely is Betty Williams, one of the Irish Peace Women in the 1970s.
Her anger at seeing at first hand the death of 3 children in the Irish violence was channelled into co-founding the Community for Peace People
Williams and co-founder Mairead Corrigan were awared the Nobel Peace Price in 1977.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
R.S. PETERS Ethics and Education (1966, 314)
Article on Aristotle and Weakness of will by David Carr
Lord Chesterfield was Philip Stanhope.
His Letters to his son can be viewed online.
A short summary is contained here
Memento mori is an art form designed to remind us that we are mortal.
Vanitas by Harmen Steenwijck (c. 1640) is one of many examples - skulls, candles annd timepieces being typical contents of such still life pictures.