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Levels of Argument: A Comparative Study of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Dominic Scott

Abstract

This book compares the Republic and Nicomachean Ethics from a methodological perspective. The first half argues that the Republic distinguishes between two levels of argument in the defence of justice, the ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’ routes. The longer is the ideal and aims at maximum precision, requiring knowledge of the Forms and a definition of the Good. The shorter route is less precise, employing hypotheses, analogies and empirical observation. This is the route that Socrates actually follows in the Republic, because it is appropriate to the level of his audience and can stand on its own feet ... More

Keywords: Plato, Aristotle, philosophical method, ethics, political science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249640.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Scott, author
University of Kent