[Marxism] NYT book review of Aristotle

C. G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Sun Jul 3 18:03:50 MDT 2011

A much better job of what Jaffa attempts is "Good Life: Ethics and the Pursuit 
of Happiness" (2005) by the late Herbert McCabe - a colleague of Anthony Kenny, 
Alasdair MacIntyre, Terry Eagleton et al.

Aquinas wrote, "We study ancient philosophers not to establish what they thought 
but how the truth of things stands." Philosophy is not antiquarianism.

On 7/3/11 2:10 PM, Tom Cod wrote:
> In today's book review section of the New York Times, there's a review
> of a new edition of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, a work I recall
> reading in college and which I also recall for its common sensical
> tone and lack of obscurantism present, say, in Plato's Republic.  The
> review, by a certain Harry V. Jaffe, a neo-conservative political hack
> from way back, seeks to correct that quality through a sanctimonious
> paen to, you guessed it, that guy Strauss, ya know the guru of W's
> clique, with that shop worn straw man about how the problem with
> "liberals" is that they are "moral relativists" who don't know right
> from wrong, or who in "post modern" style nihilistically could care
> less about it, all of which is at the heart of the "crisis of the
> West" which is besieged by "barbarians".  Hmmm.  He goes on to
> conflate the ancient Greeks and Hebrews as brothers in arms in
> founding "Western Civilization", notwithstanding their admitted
> radical differences in culture...

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