Protrepticus: Aristotle: The Academy: Another youthful work, the Protrepticus (“ Exhortation”), has been reconstructed by modern scholars from quotations in. ments” in Aristotle’s exoteric writings, advanced the theory that the Aristote- lian Protrepticus must have been a hortatory work advocating the neces-. SINCE Bywater’s article of I it has been taken for granted considerable fragments of Aristotle’s Protrepticus, and their num to grow. Scholars, while admitting.

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Yet the passage above stands out for argu- ing explicitly that contemplative knowledge is useful. I wish to give protrspticus acknowledgment to the University of Miami, where I worked on this article as a post- doctoral fellow.

Aristotle’s Protrepticus an Attempt at Reconstruction

Chroust – – University of Notre Dame Press. For again, on the reading I propose, Aristotle can allow that contemplative wisdom exercised in understanding the order of the cosmos is the highest wisdom, even in the Protrepticus.

Klubertanz – – Modern Schoolman 43 3: First, immature, but still develop- ing, animals would lack a means for obtaining nutriment in their youth. Philosophical and Historical Studies. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pdcnet. After all, the objects that we contemplate when we engage in this activity are somehow above humanity.

Similarly, at vi Protreoticus the first, Protrepticus 9. Remember me on this computer. For those wanting to learn more about the philosophical context of Aristotle’s Protrepticusyou may be interested in the unpublished essays ‘The Antidosis of Iamblichus and Aristotle’s Protrepticus ‘ and ‘Protreptic Aspects of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics’. Nevertheless, I argue that Aristotle provides us with clues within the Protrepticus for identifying how the best sort of contemplation can be useful for deriving boundary markers of the human good.

Protrepticus (Aristotle) – Wikipedia

In particular, it is reasonable to expect the highest or most final ptotrepticus in a human life to lack such instrumental value. Spiritual exercises from Socrates to Foucault. For an imitation of [what is] not fine cannot be fine, nor [can an imitation of what is not] divine and stable in its nature [be] immortal and stable. I have also provided a preliminary sketch of the support role that Aristotle believes contemplation to possess, viz.


From the table of contents page, you will be able to access drafts of various parts of the book. On the Pythagorean Life.

History of Western Philosophy. According to Aristotle, the natural slave subserves the mas- ter: Aristotle offers similar arguments in defense of the supreme choicewor- thiness of contemplation in Metaphysics i 2 and Nicomachean Ethics x 7.

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I assume, then, that Aristotle wants to avoid fundamental inconsistency in the Protrepticus. Consequently, contemplation would be useful for deriving boundary markers of the human good in a quite literal sense. Clarkmentioned [8]. Cambridge University Press Setup an account with your affiliations in order to raistotle resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Two of these arguments are especially noteworthy.

On prorepticus basis of a close study of Iamblichus’ extensive use and excerption of Aristotle’s Protrepticusit is possible to reconstruct the backbone of the lost work, and then peotrepticus flesh it out with the other surviving reports about the work from antiquity for example in Alexander of Aphrodisias and other ancient commentators on Aristotle. The Cross- roads of Aridtotle and Nature: So, although presenting a maximally consistent set of views need not be the ultimate aim of a philosophical protreptic, a consistency of basic argument would nevertheless be important for instrumentally promoting protreptic goals.

If so, however, we should expect a work like the Protrepticus to include a wide variety of arguments aimed at turning the audience toward philosophy—some arguments suitable for certain audience members, other arguments suitable for other audience members.

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Aristotle says that the philosopher 19 I owe this way of encapsulating my thesis to Michael Slote. Reciprocity holds between the nutritive and the perceptive powers, but this reciprocity is asymmetric and ordered for the sake of perception.

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For those looking for more detail about our methods of reconstruction and the basis of evidence, you will find on this website our working files on protrelticus new critical Greek edition, translation, commentary, and reconstruction of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

On the threptikon as a craftworker, see Mennff. Christopher Bobonich – – Social Philosophy and Policy 24 2: Rather, perception supports nutrition, not because nutritive activity is the highest function constitutive of animal life, but because fulfilling nutritive needs is protrelticus for the sake of perception, loco- motion, and the like. Such a fundamental inconsistency would cancel out whatever particular reasons one would have for pursuing prootrepticus activity.

Notice that Aristotle is not saying that uselessness is sufficient for being a high- est end. To see more clearly how contemplation can usefully guide practical arsitotle, I first call attention to Protrepticus protreptichs One can agree that the Protrepticus holds that some of the knowledge the philosopher uses in his political judgment is the highest sort of wisdom. Second, mature animals require a perceptive means by which to obtain nutriment lest they perish as well.

In this way, they avoid vice in one direction. For in allowing contemplation to be useful, Aristotle may appear to deny that contemplation is, after all, an end choiceworthy for the sake of nothing higher. Moreover, there is good reason to hold that aristogle Aris- totle of the Protrepticus, like Aristotle in other works, identifies this intellect as a god, for, indeed, the Protrepticus explicitly identifies the god and intellect 8.

Philosophy as a way of life: In response, one can find intimations of this distinction in Platonic psychology as well.