Definition of Words

“Thought hinges on definition of words.  Aristotle and Confucius bear witness.  I would conclude the compulsory studies of every university student with a comparison, even a brief one, between the two major works of Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics and Politics), on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the Four Books of China (i.e., the three classics of the Confucian tradition–the Great Digest, The Unwobbling Pivot, and the Analects–together with the Works of Mencius).

“Anyone who is familiar with the masterpieces, especially those of Aristotle, Confucius, Demosthenes, together with Tacitus, will not be taken in by the nasty messes now offered to the public.”

–THE ENEMY IS IGNORANCE, 1944

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