Aristotle’s ‘God’ And the Empty Class

 

Aristotle [384-322 B.C.] National Museum, Athens.

The Bhagavad-Gita exhorts the man to: ‘Active-Inaction’: ‘He who sees Action in Inaction, he is a Yogin.’

In China, Lao-Tzu advised that one live a life based on Wie Wu Wei: ‘Doing Not-Doing’, the central injunction of Taoism.

Aristotle is the pioneering formulator of precise, cogent, hugely influential models of reality [they lasted well past Copernicus].

But oddly enough, Aristotle installed a very strange fellow, an indecipherable creature in-fact, in the sanctum-sanctorum of his scrupulous, logically precise modeled world.

From Aristotle’s Metaphysics:

There is therefore also an Unmoved-Mover, being eternal, primary and in act..the first mover is a necessary Being..and is thus a first principle, for there is always a mover of things moved, and the first mover is itself unmoved.’

The ‘Unmoved-Mover‘ of Aristotelian Model is a resident in the Null Class of Classical Logic.

The irony is rich and to be savored slowly. For the great philosopher is the founding father of Classical Logic as we know it. He would have chuckled.


Less famously but far more recently, Jiddu Krishnamurthy advised a stance of ‘Alert Passivity’. Aldous Huxley suggested a rephrase to ‘Active Resignation’.