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What did Wilhelm von Humboldt think of Aristotle?

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"The monstrously false report that Aristotle was the successor of Socrates and Plato, and also an important original thinker in behalf of scientific knowledge, is entirely a hoax without foundation in fact." (1)
 


LaRouche recommended the adoption of the classical education curriculum implemented by the nineteenth-century German philologist Wilhelm von Humboldt... (From "Wilhelm von Humboldt's Classical Education Curriculum" by Marianna Wertz, The American Almanac, March 15, 1993.)

But what did this great German "Neo-Platonist Humanist" close friend and philosophical adviser of the poets Goethe and Schiller have to say about... the "evil Aristotle" ?

"In the course of development of the human intellect within our purview, Aristotle may justifiably be termed the founder of science and of the cognizant mental faculties. [...] At the same time he brought all knowledge which his gigantic intellect comprehended into a relationship that was arranged according to concepts. From such a profoundly searching and extensively comprehensive method, which was directed with equal rigor to both the matter and form of knowledge, and in which the search for truth was emphasized by a sharp dissociation from all seductive sham, a language had to develop; in his case, it constituted a striking contrast to that of his direct predecessor and contemporary, Plato. In fact, the two cannot be relegated to the same developmental period. Platonic diction must be regarded as the pinnacle of an epoch subsequently not repeated, whereas Aristotelian diction must be considered as the beginning of a new epoch. [...] Even when the Greek language and literature had been spread afar through conquest since the time of Alexander and later, even when the Greeks were a conquered people, and their language and literature became combined with the world-dominating tongue of the victors, there still arose excellent minds and poetic talents, but the soul-giving principle had died out, and with it the vigorous creative power that sprang from the fullness of its own energy. Information and knowledge of a large part of the earth were now for the first time truly disclosed. Scientific observation and systematic treatment of the entire field of knowledge had in a true cosmic historical connection become clear to the intellect through the efforts of an exceptional man, rich in ideas -- that is, through the doctrine and example of Aristotle. " (2)

Wilhelm von Humboldt clearly contradicts LaRouche !

Note: this friend of Schiller was also a "Rothschild agent". When he was appointed Prussian ambassador in London (besides studying Sanskrit at the British Museum Library in his spare time), he was able with the help of the Banking House of Rothschild, to organize a financial aid program for the reconstruction of the war-ravished Prussian economy.
Source:Wilhelm von Humboldt at plato.stanford.edu


Sources:

1. "THE SECRETS KNOWN ONLY TO THE INNER ELITES", by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., in The CAMPAIGNER, Vol. 11, n3-4, May-June 1978.
2. "Linguistic Variability and Intellectual Development", Chapter 17. The Character of Languages by Wilhelm von Humboldt, 1836, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1971. Translated by George C. Buck and Frithjof A. Raven.

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