Aristotle’s: ‘Unmoved Mover’


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

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 irony is rich and to be savored slowly. For Aristotle is the founding father of Classical Logic as we know it.

The ‘Unmoved-Mover’, the center-point of Aristotelian Model, is the celebrity resident, a basement tenant in the Null Class of Classical Logic. The great philosopher would have chuckled.


The Bhagavad-Gita exhorts the man to act in ‘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.

Both exhortations are permanent residents in the Null Class of Classical Logic.

Less famously, Jiddu Krishnamurthy advised a stance of ‘Alert Passivity’. Aldous Huxley, a close listener of JK, suggested a rephrase to ‘Active Resignation’. I can give more examples. [To cite a speaker doesn’t mean the speaker arrived at Shūnyam. Neither of the two did; but it does mean the speaker was orienting in the right direction.]