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29. Aristotle

 

 

29. Aristotle
I have the greatest respect for Aristotle, not only because I (living in the twentieth century) know him much better than the older generations of my community, but also because of his vast influence on the thought of my people. The tinge, however, of ingratitude revealed in his criticism of Plato’s doctrine of Ideas withholds me from giving him my fullest admiration. I do not deny the truth contained in his criticism of his master’s views; but I detest the spirit in which he chooses to approach them.

* This reflection was published in New Era, Lucknow, in 1917.
The last sentence was changed to: “I do not deny the element
of truth in his criticism, but I do detest the spirit in which he
chooses to handle his master.” – KAS.

 

 

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