The phrase “philosophy is the handmaiden of theology” was famously adopted by medieval Christian thinkers. It is usually attributed to the medieval thinker Peter Damain. The point of this post is not to examine what is meant by philosophy or theology as used in this phrase, but to tell the origin of the metaphor of the handmaiden.
Why is it that a word which primarily means “to clutch” also means something like “to understand”? It seems Zeno is responsible for this (imaginative) invention.
The etymological difference between ethics and morality.