Very peripatetic

In response to Russell's declaration of Platonic aesthetics early in Scylla and Charybdis, Stephen declares himself a follower of Aristotle and ticks through a checklist of things he knows about that philosopher: his having studied under Plato, his founding of a rival philosophical school, his generally more empirical approach, his disagreement about the nature of the Forms, his defense of representational art, his examination of the senses, and his influence on the Scholastic philosophers. These thoughts strengthen Stephen's resolve "Hold to the now, the here" instead of pursuing transcendent spirituality. Punning on the name of Aristotle's school, he reflects whimsically that his views are "very peripatetic."

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Detail from Raphael's ca. 1510 The School of Athens, showing Plato and Aristotle debating as they walk in the Academy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The School of Aristotle, an 1880s fresco by Gustav Adolph Spangenburg,  Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Late 14th century parchment painting by Laurentius de Voltolina showing a lecture in a medieval university (probably Bologna), held in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.  Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Installations in Liam Gillick's show Horseness is the Whatness of Allhorse, held in 2020 at the Taro Nasu gallery, Tokyo. Source: