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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During – – Journal of Hellenic Studies For the [doctors and athletic trainers] are producers only of the virtue of the body, but the [lawmak- ers], being [concerned] about the virtues of the soul and claim- ing to teach about both [the] happiness and unhappiness of the city, are therefore much more in need of philosophy.

Request removal from index. 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. Since the chapter 10 passage is unfortu- nately not better known, I translate the entire chapter: Yet if the Pro- trepticus must rely on such a range of arguments to reach its full audience, then we should expect to find some internal tensions in the work.


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Aristotle’s Protrepticus an Attempt at Reconstruction

An attempt at reconstruction. In the first, Protrepticus 9. While good builders use these tools to ensure that their measurements are exact—and thus to produce well-measured buildings—bad builders rely merely on other buildings to make their measurements.

So, while Aristotle could offer either argument on its own to exhort his audience, the two arguments together would seem to cancel each other out. Contemplation is useful for the cognitive access it provides to boundary markers of the human good by reference to which con- templators wristotle judge well.


Hence, in chapter 10, he exhorts his audience to pursue contemplation on the basis of its utility for guiding our actions. If so, however, we should expect a work like the Protrepticus to include a wide variety protrepticis arguments aimed at turning the audience toward philosophy—some arguments suitable for certain audience members, other arguments suitable for other audience members.

For how will it be nourished? In other words, perception extends itself through the support it provides nutritive functioning.

Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

Aristotle on Deriving Boundary Markers of the Human Good By introducing a distinction between two kinds of utility—viz.

Theoria in its Cultural Context. The Cross- roads of Norm and Nature: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points aeistotle plot this chart. But if the cosmic order, in possessing intellect, mirrors the Demiurge, then the Demiurge too will be a kind of intellect. Retrieved from ” https: 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. Moravcsik – – Melbourne, Macmillan. Sign in Create an account.


Felix M. Cleve, Aristotle: Protrepticus – PhilPapers

The progrepticus of Aristotle. World, Mind, and Ethics: Rather, perception supports nutrition, not because nutritive activity is the highest function constitutive of animal life, but because fulfilling nutritive needs is required for the sake of perception, loco- motion, and the like.

In other words, just how is the derivation sup- posed to work? If so, Aristotle can consistently say that contemplation is useless in the sense required by the aristocratic defense, but useful in the way required by the utility argument. Aristotle on the Perfect Life.

Therefore, the potential inconsistency of the aristocratic defense and the utility argument does threaten to pose a problem for Aristotle, and so, the initial response to the apparent inconsistency is insufficient.

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The problem that Aristotle faces is this: