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By Aristotle, C.D.C. Reeve (trans.)

No different English language translation of Aristotle's notoriously tough paintings comes on the subject of the traditional of accuracy and clarity set the following by means of C.D.C. Reeve. the fitting selection for college kids and students alike, this quantity offers the reader with extra of the assets had to comprehend Aristotle's argument than the other variation. An introductory essay by way of Reeve situates Politics in Aristotle's total proposal and gives an attractive serious advent to its vital argument. a close thesaurus, footnotes, bibliography, and indexes offer old heritage, analytical counsel with specific passages, and a consultant either to Aristotle's philosophy and to scholarship on it.

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Probably not. That is one problem. But even if there were natural slaves, it is not clear why they 33. 133 Sh37-1336•2 is worth reading in this regard. 34. It is regrettable that Aristotle does not discuss Plato's claims (Republic V) that the natural differences between men and women should have no politi­ cal consequences, that men and women with the same natural abilities and talents should receive the same education and play the same social roles. See my Philosopher-Kings, 2 1 7-20. Introduction li would need masters, or why the latter would need them.

But they can participate in it yet more fully because they have understanding. For God, on Aristotle's view, is a pure understanding who is contemplating or holding in thought the complete science of himself: theology (Metaph. 29 Hence when human beings are actually studying theology they are participating in the very activity that is God himself. They thus become much more like God than they do by having children, or doing anything else. In the process, Aristotle claims, they achieve the greatest happiness possible (NE 1 1 77h26-1 1 79'32).

If the function argument is un­ derwritten by the facts of ethical and political experience, it helps to un­ derwrite them. If it is not underwritten by those facts, it fails altogether. This aspect of the function argument makes it a nice paradigm of much of Aristotle's philosophy. On the one hand, we have an intense awareness of the importance of the facts, and of experience. On the other, we have a deeply theoretical mind employing a group of carefully examined concepts and explanatory notions that have earned their keep in widely differing areas.

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