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(Technology) Slaves & Automatic Machine Gods (Aristotle)

The question of technology (techne) runs across the entire Aristotelean corpus. Its most famous instantiation is in the Nicomachean Ethics. It’s there also in the Physics and Metaphysics. It pops up in the Politics in relation to the institution of … Continue reading

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Affect & Potential (Aristotle)

When defining affect, many will go back to Spinoza, the capacity for being affected.  More useful perhaps is this from Aristotle which I think should be read in tandem with this bit on potentiality. The first puts the emphasis on alteration, … Continue reading

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Aristotle (Actuality)

What a mess trying to sort through in English what Aristotle actually meant by “actuality.” Turns out he used two words, energeia and entelechia and these have been both translated in Latinized translations as actuality. Which is not helpful sorting through the difference. Joe … Continue reading

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