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Headword: Θεωρία
Adler number: theta,214
Translated headword: theory, contemplation
Vetting Status: high
Theory/contemplation [is] more worth choosing than practice/action, [because] its activity has to do with what is more valuable; for action is related both to what should be done and to what depends on us, but contemplation concerns divine matters; and since it belongs to the most valuable part of the soul. In fact, intellect, whose activity [is] also theory, [is] the most valuable faculty of the soul.
Greek Original:
Θεωρία αἱρετωτέρα πράξεως, τὸ εἶναι περὶ τὰ τιμιώτερα τὴν ἐνέργειαν αὐτῆς: ἡ μὲν γὰρ πρᾶξις περὶ τὰ πρακτέα τε καὶ ἐφ' ἡμῖν ἡ δὲ θεωρία περὶ τὰ θεῖα: καὶ ἐπειδὴ τῷ τιμιωτάτῳ τῆς ψυχῆς γίνεται. τιμιώτατον γὰρ ὁ νοῦς τῶν τῆς ψυχῆς δυνάμεων, οὗ ἐνέργεια καὶ θεωρία.
Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 236.21-26 Wallies.
For theoria and praxis see also theta 215 and theta 216.
Keywords: definition; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 10 December 1999@17:50:10.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (supplemented and modified translation) on 30 November 2002@20:18:52.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 1 December 2002@06:25:12.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 1 December 2002@18:47:01.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 10 January 2004@00:19:42.
David Whitehead on 1 January 2013@06:25:51.


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