Arts The Teeth of Women
posted by October 27 at 14:52 PMon
Plato is the one pointing up and Aristotle, his pupil, is the one pointing out.
Because he was a biologist and focused on the changing world, rather than on eternal forms, for years and years I sided with Aristotle (pointing out), the very ground of Western thinking. That all changed a few days ago when I discovered that Aristotle, the father of modern science, the man who put an emphasis on seeing, on observation, on theory (a word that comes from him and has its root meaning in seeing—to theorize is to think about what one sees)—this man, Aristotle, believed that women had fewer teeth than men. Such an idea, which has no truth, even a caveman could have verified by simply looking into a cavewoman’s mouth. Why didn’t Aristotle (“the greatest mind that ever lived”) do just that? Look into his wife’s mouth and count? This massive and inexcusable flaw forced me to conclude that Plato (pointing up) is the thinker I must side with from here on. Plato, by the way, believed women could rule as well as men.