On Scholastic Metaphysics: Me Against Aristotle


Aristotle is my greatest philosophical hero. We’re talking about the guy that took Plato’s haphazard, mystic philosophy and turned it into a down-to-earth, rigorous, systematic investigation of all aspects of reality. Aristotle is the father of nearly every field of science, and every branch of philosophy. In the few cases where I think Aristotle was right (e.g. the Correspondence Theory of Truth), I wear my Aristotelianism with pride. So you can see why I’d be sympathetic to claims that Aristotle was fundamentally right, that Modern philosophy was wrong to reject virtually everything Aristotle said.

It is thus with great hope that I purchased Edward Feser’s magnum opus, Scholastic Metaphysics. This is the (small) book that’s supposed to show all those contemporary, analytic philosophers that they’re wrong and Aristotle was right. This blog-post series will be my reading diary of this book, my attempt to grapple with Feser’s arguments. As per my education in analytic philosophy, I’m opposed to his thesis – but I approach it not with fear he might be right, but with hope that he is! I would like nothing more than to see Aristotle vindicated.

Now, I disagree with Feser about, well, just about everything. But I do hope he is right, about the core of Aristotelian thought at least. With this in mind – let us read Scholastic Metaphysics!

  1. Feser vs. Scientism