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Sorin Sabou

Letter to the Romans, Nicomachean Ethics, and more

Lessons From the History of Ideas

The structure of this reflective précis is necessary historical; from the Milesian School to Francis Bacon it is a vast distance and a variety of interests and approaches. In a nutshell these are the main things I move forward with.
Test your hypotheses by observing natural forces and processes. After your research is done engage in an open search for knowledge that is intended to identify any possible confusion and errors.
Knowledge is at the level of reality (Ideas) and is apprehended by intellect, and opinion is at the level of appearance (senses) and is apprehended by senses. We need to travel upwards from this world of becoming into that of being; that is the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world.
Do not choose excess or defect; choose what is equally removed from the two opposite. That is a just action.
The way we understand time is sequential (past, present, future) and mind related (memory, direct experience, expectation). Time goes from what is not yet, through what has no length, it passes into what is no longer.
As God is concerned we can comprehend things that will lead to the possibility of his existence: motion, efficient cause, possibility and necessity, the gradation found in things, governance of the world. We have to look into creation and ponder over it in order to be guided to the Creator.
As a useful method, give precedence to simplicity. Don’t multiply entities beyond necessity.
Our minds are clouded by many ‘images’. The human intellect is like a distorting mirror, our particularities of life are always brought into play, our associations, agreements and use of words affect our ways of thinking; each system leads to create a fictitious staged world of its own.
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