By David J. Fekete
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185, 186). Ovid lists some activities you might want to take up. There is law; you may need to defend a friend in court. Then there is war — help Caesar against the Parthians. Farming and country pursuits are good. Just stay busy. Then there are the psychological weapons one can draw on in order to escape love. When Ovid discusses these methods, he consistently refers to getting over women. It would appear that the remedies are for men, only. Some of Ovid’s techniques are so harsh that he has been accused of hating women and being interested only in their oppression.
So go on with your work; some day the day will be won (pp. 119, 120). Here we encounter a modern problem. How aggressively can a man pursue a woman before he becomes a stalker? Ovid suggests that we need to persist. Time will bring her to our side. He even suggests something that our society loudly opposes. ” But sometimes, a woman is slow to come around, or slow to show her assent, and time will pay off. Women don’t want to appear easy. In fact, Ovid advises women to be non-committal at first.
Aristotle, on the other hand, reasons by looking at the world around him. His philosophical conclusions are based on what he sees. He is the first empiricist. ” He hasn’t proved this by argument; rather, he simply assumes that everyone would agree and accept this 48. Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1987), p. 253. 49. Aristotle, The Nichomachean Ethics, p. 255. 49 A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality empirical observation. Similarly, speaking about friendship as a noble institution, his “proof” is that “there are some people who hold” — again, observing people around him and concluding his principles from what he sees.