3 Matching Annotations
  1. Nov 2013
    1. there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing.

      Reference to beasts; what separates us clever beasts from the other beasts?

  2. Oct 2013
    1. As birds are born to fly, horses to run, and wild beasts to show fierceness, so to us peculiarly belong activity and sagacity of understanding

      Uses metaphor to make it seem natural and inborn

    1. Again, (4) it is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.

      Again, rhetoric as what sets humans apart from other animals.