If you had the chance to communicate with the spirit of one of the leaders of the past, who would it be and how would it affect the way you gain knowledge? Philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, freedom fighters, dictators are some of the many personalities that one can choose from for this topic. But considering this ambiguous field of knowledge, the individual I would like to establish communication with would be Aristotle.
Aristotle’s expertise is vivid in various fields such as physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. The diversity of concepts his mind occupies enables him to perceive knowledge and events from a greater logical as well as a practical point of view. Establishing communication with Aristotle would definitely contribute to the way I perceive various instances.
From basic everyday observations to complex science, the way he introspects could make an impact on how I observe, interpret and introspect. Being in this adolescent period of life, we make decisions that often don’t produce a good result. A majority of us teenagers often perceive ourselves to be smarter than adults who have lived for a longer period of time solely because of our peers that occupy our minds with invalid logic.
If given the chance to establish contact with Aristotle, he would mold my mind in such a way that helps me to incorporate certain crucial aspects such as to logically introspect instances and come to a suitable conclusion and to also bring the ethical perspective to it. This would not only benefit myself but also would be beneficial for a larger crowd as I could pass on this knowledge to other individuals and create a socially ethical environment where decisions would have a fruitful result.
But then there is a concerning knowledge issue present here, “Would establishing communication with Aristotle result in acquiring true or false knowledge? “ Coming from 384 BC, his perceptions about the world would be extremely different and contrasting from today’s world. Back in the day, people thought the earth was flat. But as time progressed and technology developed, we discovered that the earth is actually spherical. From here we can see how even though his expertise about certain subjects is vast and vivid; it would be outdated and not applicable in present day situations.
If the concept of justified true belief was taken into consideration, it is pretty evident that it would be false as the given statement at that period of time would be extremely conflicting that what would be considered today. Assuming that Aristotle’s ways of knowing was accustomed to the present ways of knowing, it would be intrinsically beneficial if I could explain how the world was spherical and not flat which is contradicting the earlier statement at that point of time. This would indirectly enhance the way I perceive the different aspects of knowledge.
One empirical evidence that supports the true aspect of the above knowledge issue is to show how Alexander the Great reflected Aristotle’s teachings by means of strategic planning that involved great involvement of logic and reasoning which was greatly implemented in war which made him one of the greatest masterminds of war that ever lived. If we compare the application of knowledge in terms of technology and sciences in the modern world it is evidently different from the 1850’s as the ways of knowing have developed over this period of time.
Similarly, the ways of knowing from 384 BC till now would be completely conflicting from how it is right now. The knowledge I possess is limited to the subjects of human, chemistry, physics and natural sciences, as well as other general knowledge whereas Aristotle possesses enormous knowledge on various fields of knowledge which has brought about various changes in the ancient world which has indirectly benefited the modern world in terms of logic interpretation and sciences.
Therefore, this difference in the field of knowledge between me and Aristotle will enable me to acquire a new perspective to various instances and will greatly affect the way I gain this knowledge. One personal example that I would like to share was an incident that took place recently. I watched a movie named Mississippi burning. It showed how racism was very prominent back in the 1980’s. It involved pointless killing of black people and how corruption raided government offices and police departments.
Later justice was served and the black people were emancipated. Before watching this movie, I had a hasty generalization that black people in America were the ones who initially created a problem. But after watching this movie, my perception about the black people changed and it resulted in the shift of opinions. Similarly, if given the opportunity to communicate with Aristotle, it would change how I perceived various day to day life situations from a different perspective.