I’ve signed up for Lykeion Books Newsletter in the recent past, and I’ve just received my free T-shirt in the mail from Chris Howard of Lykeion Books as part of his giveaways. Chris was so kind that along with the T-shirt he included a [signed] copy of “The Wreath,” a “lively and smart fantasy” book he co-authored with his daughter, Chloe. Chris even paid for the shipping himself!
Thanks, Chris! Thanks, Chloe!
I first heard about Chris a few years back through his awesome Aristotle website, non-contradiction.com. The following is the passage placed on the front door of non-contradiction.com:
He who examines the most general features of existence, must investigate also the principles of reasoning. For he who gets the best grasp of his respective subject will be most able to discuss its basic principles. So that he who gets the best grasp of existing things qua existing must be able to discuss the basic principles of all existence; and he is the philosopher. And the most certain principle of all is that about which it is impossible to be mistaken… It is clear, then, that such a principle is the most certain of all and we can state it thus: “It is impossible for the same thing at the same time to belong and not belong to the same thing at the same time and in the same respect.”
-Aristotle, Metaphysics, 1005b12-20
Formulation for the Law of Non-contradiction
As a big fan of Aristotle myself, this is also one of my favorite Aristotelian passages. (Funny thing, whenever I read this, I remember how disrespectful Ayn Rand was and how much I dislike her. I remember her speaking about the same aforesaid principle as if it’s hers, without giving any credit to the Proprietor of the Lyceum.)
Anyway. Non-contradiction.com is one of my favorite internet stops for information on and about the works of Aristotle. While you’re there, give the Library a visit, too.