C.S. Lewis on Being and Doing, Character and Plot

(an excerpt from the film Shadowlands).

The question is—– Do you agree with Aristotle???

  • Derek

    Depends on what you mean by “being” and “doing.” Jonathan Beere, philosopher and author of _Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Theta_, argues that for Aristotle “doing” (energeia) is an aspect of “being” — being in its active state, as opposed to being in its potential state. In order to gain the *potential* to do X, first one must *do* X.