Aristotle 's Views On The State Of Mind And Its Fundamental Content

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So, if we were to imagine Aristotle standing over a rain puddle and contemplating his reflection, the occasional sprinkle of rain warping and distorting his already greyed-out image, then we may further imagine Aristotle’s state of mind and its fundamental content regarding the perception of his image—this is, essentially, a perception of a perception and is not too dissimilar to enjoying an opinion of an opinion. As another example, imagine Aristotle pondering the likelihood that his teacher’s master, Socrates, liked best a particular recipe of fermented lentil stew (which is exceedingly more delicious than it sounds, an opinion this writer has). Aristotle recognizes that his opinion that Socrates would love this food best (like my opinion that it is quite delectable) is merely an opinion; perhaps Socrates was truly a fan of olive oil-seared dolmades.
In this way, Aristotle’s opinion that he could be wrong about his opinion capably, albeit humorously, demonstrates that the mental state of thought and the content of thought are separate. So, to return to the problem-at-large, must there be a difference between thinking as such and specifically good thoughts—not only must there be a difference in some theoretical way, but there is a factual difference between the two. Furthermore, must there be a difference between bad thoughts, all thoughts, and good thoughts? Perhaps for human contemplation, we might argue that all thought is good insofar as it is contemplation, but good…

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