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Aristotle's ManSpeculations upon Aristotelian Anthropology$
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Stephen R.L. Clark

Print publication date: 1975

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245162.001.0001

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The Ergon Argument

The Ergon Argument

(p.14) II.1. The Ergon Argument
Aristotle's Man

Stephen R.L. Clark

Oxford University Press

Man's ergon, his defining character, lies in his capacity for choice and action, so that his nature is not wholly determinate. To live well, being human, one must do their own living. The subject of ethical discourse is the free man. In finding the way through the labyrinth of the Aristotelian texts, focus is placed on the questions, speculations, and, occasionally, the answers related to the nature of man, or, less abstractly, of men. It is suggested that the ergon argument is a way of defining the subject matter: what are these ‘men’ we are talking about? The Sartrean's problem is that in thus describing human identity, he has himself defined it.

Keywords:   ergon argument, Aristotelian texts, man, Sartrean's problem, ethical discourse

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