The Problem of History: Rembrandt, Aristotle, and Homer


This picture perfectly describes the dilemma of history:
Rembrandt’s Aristotle gazing at a bust of Homer… But Aristotle is adorned with the garb of Rembrandt. Who has objective knowledge of Homer? Rembrandt, Aristotle, or the artist who sculpted the bust? How is knowledge attained in the matrix of meaning-making beings when every interpretation of Aristotle is, at the same time, a semi self-portrait of the interpreter?


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