1.4: Expectations about production process

We will begin with the production process of anything and move into the production process of beautiful soul-art specifically. Production requires material (material cause). The material is not feeling as much as that which is the source of the shape of feeling. This is character. Production requires a producer (efficient cause). The efficient cause of …

1.3: Ideal Models for production guidance

Check prior posts “1.2” and “1.1” for the initial trajectory of what is being worked on here. We are interested in soul-art, the development of character, and today after asking “What is character (1.2)” we ask “What model do we look to for production? (1.3)” Plato is my inspiration for this question and the demand …

A series. POST 1.1: Aristotle, becoming, and soul-art

(Coming every couple days are additional posts answering questions related. A time-line found at the bottom of this post. More soon…Today? An invitation to adventure… Forego the words of the chemical pushers and the flashy screen images as much as you can. Listen to the ancients (pre-pharmacy and pre-internet). There is perennial insight. It is …

On production and virtue

Production is everything for the following conditions: incomplete, imperfect, needy, wanting, dissatisfied. There are of course interesting questions about just what needs production but that something does is necessary for those in any of the above categories. It is typical to find individuals bickering and arguing over earthly goods. We Puritanical Libertarians think the spaces …

A note on Kierkegaard and Plotinus through Hadot

Pierre Hadot is worth a read on Ancient Philosophy. His meta-thesis is that for the ancients (Greece and Rome) philosophy was the combination of a choice of life and a discourse. This makes ancient philosophy different from contemporary philosophy which has let go of form of life requirements and continued merely as discourse. He examines …

Happiness and the relation to internals and externals

I mean to reflect on happiness for the human being which means a bodily being and not a disembodied spirit (angelic being). On the assumption that the human being is the creature in the middle, part soul and part body, internals and externals must be considered for the production of happiness in this earthly life. …