Some people, reading these words and expecting, as it seems, no reward for labor undertaken in search of the truth, have resorted to a rather facile interpretation, which in fact is derived largely from the doctrines of the Greeks....If, on the other hand, they should say that, because of their experience of the contrary, these rational beings were able, but not willing (i.e., to abide in the Beautiful), then the Beautiful would of necessity be loved not for its own sake,
It seems that some who read these words are unable to find their true meaning even though they have expended great effort. They have pursued a facile solution and borrowed too much from Greek teachings....On the other hand, if our opponents should say that intellects could have adhered to the divine goodness, but did not, because they wanted to experience something different, then the beautiful would of necessity be loved not for itself,
Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.