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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Added to PP index Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Hutchinson – – Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy Sign in to use this feature. 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.

Yet the passage above stands out for argu- ing explicitly that contemplative knowledge is useful. Perishing before they ever attained maturity, they would never get to lead the perceptive life that characterizes fully developed animals.

The works of Aristotle. But in De anima ii 4, Aristotle has already provided reason to think that the nutritive power the threp- tikon is for the sake aristtle the perceptive power.

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The Revised Oxford Translation. 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.

One of our essays. University of California Press, For just as doctors and [experts] about athletic training, so far as [they are] refined, all pretty much agree that it is neces- sary for those going to be good doctors and athletic trainers to be experienced about nature, so also it is necessary for good lawmakers to be experienced about nature, and much more, at any rate, than the former.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. History of Western Philosophy. Moreover, there is good reason to hold that the 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. Hutchinson and Monte Ransome Johnson 25 January Allan – – The Classical Review 9 But there are other responses to the apparent inconsistency, and I turn my attention to them now.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Since final goods need not be choiceworthy for any higher or more final ends, Aristotle thinks that it is reasonable to expect at least some final goods in a human life to lack instrumental value for the sake of higher ends in that life.

To see more clearly how contemplation can usefully guide practical judgment, I first call attention to Protrepticus Spiritual exercises from Socrates to Foucault. At Nicomachean Ethics x 7. But the utility argument leaves us with one central unanswered question, viz.

Cambridge University Press This article has no associated abstract. Remember me on this computer. University of California Press London: On the 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 to 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.

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By contrast, bad builders rely on unreliable measures; their works are apt to be disproportionate and poorly made as a result. The Antidosis of Isocrates and Aristotle’s Protrepticus. By reference to these [tools], we discriminate what is, according to perception, sufficiently straight and smooth.

A book review of Exhortations to Philosophymentioned [7].

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. 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. The problem that Aristotle faces is this: You may be looking for: The Utility of Contemplation in Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

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. University of California Press.