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Gadamer I 486
Nous/Aristotle/Gadamer: Light is not the brightness of that which it illuminates, but, by making other things visible, it is itself visible, and it is visible in no other way than by making other things visible. Even ancient thought has emphasized this reflective constitution of light.(1) >Reflection/Gadamer, >Reflection/Hegel.
In fact, it is light that articulates visible things first to forms that are "beautiful" and "good" at the same time. But the beautiful is not limited to the realm of the visible. It is (...) the appearance of the good in general, of the existing as it should be. The light, in which not only the visible, but also the intelligible realm is articulated, is not the light
Gadamer I 487
of the sun, but the light of the spirit, of the Nous. Plato's profound analogy already alluded to this >SUP>(2), from which Aristotle developed the doctrine of Nous and the Christian thinking of the Middle Ages that followed him developed the doctrine of intellectus agens.
Spirit: The spirit, which develops from itself the multiplicity of thought, is present in itself.


1. Stoic. vet. Fragm. II 24, 36, 36, 9.
2. Rep. 508 d.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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