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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Benefiting from the utility of contemplation, Aristotle can argue, such agents will be in a position most reliably to achieve the intermediate in action and passion and to create good laws. In this case, although the most perfect forms of contemplation would still possess divine objects, contemplation of divine objects would ulti- mately provide a special sort of cognitive access to aritsotle markers of the human good.

Comparative Worth in Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Aristotle on the Perfect Life. In one Aristotle attempts arstotle meet the charge that contemplation is valueless because it is useless. Moravcsik – – Melbourne, Macmillan.

Help Center Find new research papers in: A book review of Exhortations to Philosophymentioned [7]. Prohrepticus as a way of life: Since the chapter 10 passage is unfortu- nately not better known, I translate the entire chapter: The Revised Oxford Translation. Rather, like the contemplation of excellent Olympic athletes and of dramatic performances at the Dionysia, philosophical contemplation is a final good choiceworthy for its own sake.

Yet the passage above stands out for argu- ing explicitly that contemplative knowledge is useful. Aristotle, I suggest, believes that contemplation is useful in this second way.


By reference to these [tools], we discriminate what is, according to perception, sufficiently straight and smooth.


So, although presenting a maximally consistent set of views need not be the ultimate aim of a philosophical protreptic, a consistency of basic argument would nevertheless be important for instrumentally promoting protreptic goals. The book The works of Aristotlep. Second, he argues that contemplation nevertheless possesses a cer- tain kind arisgotle usefulness after all.

And earlier in chapter 9, he appeals to the reputable views of Pythagoras and Anaxagoras concerning the end for the sake of which human beings exist. For Aristotle allows that we can obtain a sort of clarity about ourselves, i.

Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Notice that Aristotle is not saying that uselessness is sufficient for being a high- est end. Philosophical and Historical Studies. To show that this is how Aristotle accounts for the utility of con- templation, I turn to a remarkable section of the Protrepticus 8. Aristotle says that the philosopher 19 I owe this way of encapsulating my thesis to Michael Slote.

Anton-Hermann Chroust – – Apeiron 1 1: Yet the utility argument, in the explicit form in which it appears in the Protrepticus, is novel, and I want to examine it more closely for two reasons.

The Utility of Contemplation in Aristotle’s Protrepticus | Matt Walker –

Nor is such language unique to the Protrepticus. He maintains that although contemplation arishotle not productive, it offers a background perspective that promotes the best practical judgment. A good place to start is with the latest version of the provisional reconstruction. 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. I have also provided a preliminary sketch of the support role that Aristotle believes contemplation to possess, viz.


If subservience is how lower elements of a hierarchy can be useful for higher elements, then support is how higher elements can be useful for lower ones. 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.

For in allowing contemplation to be useful, Aristotle may appear to deny that contemplation is, after proteepticus, an end choiceworthy for the sake of nothing higher.

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Find it on Scholar. Contemplation is useful for the cognitive access it provides to boundary markers of the human good by reference to which con- templators can judge well. In bringing to light our difference and separation from the divine, contemplation elucidates the way in which we, as all-too-mortal human beings, are akin to other animal life forms.

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Further, Arietotle claims that the Demiurge wishes all things to resemble himself as much as possible 29eand that the Demiurge wishes the cosmic order to possess intel- lect 30b.

Moravcsik – – Melbourne, Macmillan. But if the cosmic order, in possessing intellect, mirrors the Demiurge, then the Demiurge too will be a kind of intellect. The works of Aristotle.