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Aristotle on Communism and Private Property, Pt. II

As seen earlier, in Book II of the Politics Aristotle concluded his argument against Socrates’ communistic position regarding women and children in the Republic by saying, “For there are two things above all which make human beings cherish and feel … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Communism and Private Property, Pt. I

In Politics Book II, Aristotle begins his investigation of the political life:”(Defined in Book I as the social arrangement in a city [polis] wherein free and equal people rationally deliberate about the just and the unjust.)”: by noting that citizens … Continue reading

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Aristotle on Natural Slavery

The master-slave relationship forms an important topic for Book I of Aristotle’s Politics for several related reasons.:”(Unless otherwise noted, all Bekker number citations in the body of this paper are from the Politics.)”: These include (1) his inquiries into the … Continue reading

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Intellectual Incontinence

Aristotle has the following to say about recognizing one’s intellectual limitations and taking care to properly order one’s studies toward a good end: Now each man judges well the things he knows, and of these he is a good judge. … Continue reading

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Ethics, Character, Responsibility, and Fate

It’s easy to paint the Ancient Greeks as crass, pagan fatalists who blamed the arbitrary whims of the gods, against which no appeal was possible, for the litany of human miseries. One thinks of Oedipus, who imagines himself “predestined to … Continue reading

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