Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Society, Virtue And Trash

‎A style of this sort will seem to modern readers marred by classical stiffness- "truth," "Knowers," the Good," "Man" -but we can by no mean deny that behind our objection to such language is a guilty consciousness of the flimsiness, and not infrequently the trashiness, of our modern talk about "values."
- Saul Bellow in Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

On Descartes, Newton, And Mathesis

And therefore our present work sets forth mathematical principles of natural philosophy. The difficulty seems to be to find the forces of nature from the phenomena of motions and then to demonstrate the other phenomena of these forces.
- 1724, Isaac Newton, The Principia: Mathematical Principles for Natural Philosophy, trans. I. Bernard Cohen (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999)