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Levels of ArgumentA Comparative Study of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics$
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Dominic Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249640.001.0001

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Aristotle and the Race Course

Aristotle and the Race Course

(p.168) 9 Aristotle and the Race Course
Levels of Argument

Dominic Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Aristotle, like Plato, conceived of his inquiry as a methodological circuit. For Aristotle, this meant proceeding from starting points that include the moral intuitions of his audience, and then moving towards an articulated theory of the human good as a first principle. This is the first half of the journey. The chapter argues that the NE is solely concerned with this part of the journey. The second half would involve using the theory to make political and legislative proposals, including those to do with education and upbringing. In this way Aristotle’s students would return to examine the intuitions and starting points from which they began. The final section of the chapter discusses whether Aristotle’s Politics is in fact the place where he attempts this return journey, applying the theory of the human good from his ethical works to the political arena.

Keywords:   definition, political science, principles, moral education, Aristotle’s Politics

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