Project: Aristotelian Analysis (Conflict Resolution) *05 ?
Starts: 6/1/05 Ends: 9/1/05
Keywords: Harvard,lindblom,Analysis,Eric J. Lindblom PhD
Participants: 19 (view all)
lindblom Post-graduate level law::::: Aristotle: This course shall explore foundations of western thought (particularly analysis) that led to the formulation of European and American law. The quest is intended to be a step-by-step process in recognition that there may well be plural epistomologies. The course is the first step to the formulation of a new disciplined inquiry into Quantum Psychology tentatively called General Systems Theory 2. This course is the first in a h2o Harvard series to explore Fifth Force Psychology.
Hint: "Aristotle is actually quite an easy read." www.wsu.edu
As a disciplined inquiry, the course shall begin with a fairly standard application of The Scientific Method defined as:
The Scientific Method:
For further information about The Scientific Method, please google "Karl Popper."
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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle
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"Aristotle represents for most of us an icon of difficult or abstruse philosophical thinking; to know Aristotle often provokes hushed whispers even from highly educated people. For all this reputation, though, Aristotle is actually quite an easy read, for the man thought with an incredible clarity and wrote with a superhuman precision. "
have an understanding of Aristotlelian natural philosophy
have an understanding of how Aristotle formed a basis of western thought
have an appreciation of how Aristotle constructs logic and cause
improve your ability for close reading (vis a vis literary theory)
examine critically central issues
apply what you have learned to your discipline (i.e. law)
1. Material cause: "that out of which a thing comes to be, and which persists"
2. Formal cause: "the essence," "the account of what-it-is- to-be, and the parts of the account."
3. Efficient cause: "the primary source of change"
4. Final cause: "the end (telos), that for the sake of which a thing is done"
Material and formal causes are preconditions for change, in that they allow for the distinction between matter and form in terms of change. They are static, in that they tell us what the world is like at the moment.
Efficient and final causes explain why things actually come to be what they are. They are dynamic, in that they explain why matter has come to be formed in the way that it has, and in doing so explain change
The practice of western thought revolves around Aristotelian Analysis:
Aristotelian Analysis, the foundation of Western Thought, is based on the Greek word "Aitia" often translated as "cause." There is a relationship to law. "Aitia means "credit" for the good or bad, or the legal "responsibility". (It doesn't mean cause per se.) Aristotle
1. Material cause
2. Formal cause:
3. Efficient cause
4. Final cause
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"In the original Greek, the word that is commonly translated as "cause" today is aition (singular of the adjective aitios - used as a noun), aitia (plural noun). Aition means "that on which the legal responsibility for a given state of affairs can be laid". Aitia means "credit" for the good or bad, or the legal "responsibility". So what Aristotle delineates with the four fashions are the factors that are "responsible for" or "credited with" a thing having the form, the nature, it has. These phrases must be understood not as referring to antecedents, but rather to active agents. So, to be "responsible for" or be "credited with" refers to agents actively involved in a process, not to ones that had some prior involvement." http://www.panmere.com/rosen/faq_aristotelian_analysis.htm
Learning Objectives Bloom's Taxonomy
"Competence Skills Demonstrated
Comprehension understanding information
Application use information
Analysis seeing patterns
Synthesis use old ideas to create new ones
Evaluation compare and discriminate between ideas
Questions for Course Analysis:
Who will be performing the desired behaviour?
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