The Definition of the Good: The Reconstruction of the Unwritten Ontology of Aristotle and Plato

By Brian Willis.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In reconstructing the unwritten tenets of the Greeks, the definition which they presented solves Moore’s open question. However, the definition contains a large metaphysical basis which is tied into the basic intuitions which every reader has pertaining to the nature of the Good itself. For instance, the word is used in two fundamental senses(Good/Beneficial) which are distinct. It applies transcendentally with the term ‘unity’. Therefore we must establish a relationship--etc. Also, in reconstructing the unwritten tenets of the Greeks I have uncovered a tremendous error of metaphysics which philosophers have universally followed for 2,000 years. In making his noumena/phenomena distinction, the fundamental point of the dichotomy was Kant’s use of the term ‘transcendental predicate’. They are not predicates. Unity is never predicated. Not what it is, only THAT it is. Once that is made note of, then the landscape for the majority of ontology which has been written(and thereby epistemology as well) becomes diametrically changed from our traditional way of thinking. I will probably only present the Greek paper. But if you would like, I can also present the Kant paper.

Keywords: Basic Metaphysical Background, First Philosophy, Protological Principles, Applications, Teleological Principles, Previous Ideas of the Good, What Is Overlooked, Definition

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 646.203KB).

Brian Willis

Master's Student, Math/Philosophy, University of Southern California, Simi Valley, California, USA

My work is primarily the reconstruction of Greek ontology which they left unwritten, and which solves all of the ethical paradoxes which philosophers have had trouble with over the last 2,000 years.

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