Thursday, May 03, 2012
What Have The Greeks Ever Done For Us?
Sam was poking around some crates of old books, and found an ancient in-class assignment from my dead Greek philosophers course, written in psycho killer scrawl:
What the Greeks gave us:
- The Olympics
- Concept of Democracy
- roots for a bunch of words
- science in general
- the beginnings of atomic theory
- some woefully incorrect notions about Man's dental condition (Aristotle: men have more teeth than women) [got a smiley for that one]
- classes which philo majors must take (their greatest contribution in history, I might add) [another smiley]
- Socratic method
It was, I admit, one of my least favorite classes--loved the prof, but just never warmed to these guys despite my understanding that we're indebted to them for a lot:
I always had more of an affinity for dead German philosophers. Anyway, thanks Sam, for the reminder from many lifetimes ago...
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"What Have The Greeks Ever Done For Us?" Well, one of them posts frequent intelligent comments and useful links to my threads. I'll forgive her for using a French nom de blog...
Posted by: Steve Bates | May 3, 2012 5:41:19 PM