By Ernst Cassirer
One of the 20 th century’s maximum philosophers provides the result of his lifetime research of man’s cultural achievements. An Essay on Man is an unique synthesis of up to date wisdom, a special interpretation of the highbrow obstacle of our time, and an excellent vindication of man’s skill to unravel human difficulties by way of the brave use of his mind.
What the thinkers of the prior have considered the human race, what could be stated of its paintings, language, and capacities for reliable and evil within the mild of recent wisdom are mentioned via a very good thinker who had a profound event of the earlier and of his personal time.
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What i s important to recognize is that what such a friend will primarily value in his friend will be his mind. This no doubt isone o f the implications of those assdges in the Ethics where the individual i s primarily 3 identified with his intellect. In the De Anima Aristolle thinks of the individual man as a "composite" of form and matter. In the Ethics, as we have recalled, the intellect i s said to be the P 32 Pol. 1255B9. 33 N. E. 1lS9A. E. 1156310ff. 35 N+E. 117087. peculiarly human factor.
Such men, however, would be far from certain to reciprocate the friendship, since they are, so to speak, looking down on their admirers, and can feel at most a higher degree o f benevolence for them than for slaves or animals. In fact it would seem that friendship in its best sense, that is, avaluingof an individual for his own sake,34 can only occur between mental equals; and in such cases it i s not strictly one person befriending another, but one mind recognizingand being recognized as an equal by another.
A. Preus, 'Science and Philosophy in Aristotle's Genemion of Animals', JHBiol. 3 (1970) 27. 15. 764A10), who held that women emitted semen (cf. 764192). The Epicureans took the same view (Lucr. 1257, cf. 1229, 1247). ). According to the Democritean theory of 'pangenesis' (Semen comes from every part of the body), it was the bodies of both parents (male and female) which provided it (See G. E. R. Lloyd, Science, Folklore and Ideology (Cambridge 1983) 88). e. male) seed and sometimes the female, since both males and females emit both male and female seed (cf.