Philosophy, June 25th

“Let us begin, then, by taking the various senses in which a man is said to be unjust. Well, the word is considered to describe both one who breaks the law and one who takes advantage of another, i.e. acts unfairly. Then evidently also both the law-abiding man and the fair man will be just. So just means lawful and fair; and unjust means both unlawful and unfair. And since the unjust man takes more than his share, he will be concerned with goods – not all goods, but with those that make up the filed of good and bad fortune: things that are always good in themselves, but not always good for the individual. These latter goods are what human beings pray for and try to obtain, but this is wrong: they should pray that what is good in itself may be good for them but choose what is good for them.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“The simple elements of the labor process are (1) purposeful activity, that is work itself, (2) the object on which that work is performed, and (3) the instruments of that work.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“Miracle or no miracle, let every man take care how he speaks or writes of honest people, and not set down at a venture, the first thing that comes into his jolterhead.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

“What does the primitive accumulation of capital, i.e., its historical genesis, resolve itself into? In so far as it is not immediate transformation of slaves and serfs into wage laborer’s, and therefore a mere change of form, it only means the expropriation of the immediate producers, i.e., the dissolution of private property based on the labor of its owner. Private property, as the antithesis to social, collective property, exists only where the means of labor and the external conditions of labor belong to private individuals. But according as these private individuals are laborer’s or not laborer’s, private property has a different character. The numberless shades, that it at first sight presents, correspond to the intermediate stages lying between these two extremes.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“Meanwhile, our passion growing up with our age, Lucinda’s father thought himself obliged to forbid me his house; imitating, in that particular, the parents of Thisbe, whom the poets have celebrated so much. This prohibition, added flame to flame, and wish to wish; for, though our tongues were restrained, they could not silence our pens, which commonly express the sentiments of the heart with more liberty, because the presence of the beloved object often confounds the most determined intention, and puts to silence the most undaunted tongue.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

“Accordingly his armor being scoured, his beaver fitted to his headpiece, his steed accommodated with a name, and his own dignified with these additions, he reflected, that nothing else was wanting, but a lady to inspire him with love; for a knight-errant without a mistress, would be like a tree destitute of leaves and fruit, or a body without a soul.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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