Sunday, April 16, 2006
The earliest records of humanity are very incomplete. The evolution of ideas was spasmodic. There was no steady progress. Ideas arose as situations demanded them. Only later reflection began to weave them into intricate systems of ideas.
It's the same today, since most minds do not build, much less seek, complete structures. Moreover, the life of the mind is episodic, uneven, unsystematic, and unpredictable.
Adapted from Albert Avey, Handbook in the History of Philosophy.