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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Given the internal aims of philosophical protreptic, it would be troublesome if two major arguments clashed in arisgotle straightforward fashion.

In the second passage above from chapter 9, Aristotle refers at Perishing before they ever attained maturity, they would never get to lead the perceptive life that characterizes fully developed animals.

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Aristotle and Other Platonists. Request removal from index. Yet if con- templation can be useful for human beings, not by subserving higher ends, but by 17 Higher ends can bear other relations to lower ends besides support.

Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus 2. But here I am concerned only with the sorts of utility relations that at least some higher ends can bear to such lower ends, especially—though not exclusively—where these ends are psychic functions. The table of contents of the edition, translation, and commentary.

Inwe began a project to reconstruct the lost work by reevaluating all the possible sources of evidence for it. University of Notre Dame Press. What more accurate standard or measure of good things do we have than the Sage? Find it on Scholar.


A good place to start is with the latest version of the provisional reconstruction. Michael Haslam – – Phronesis 34 1: The problem that Aristotle faces is this: The Revised Oxford Translation. Among all our human possessions, Aristotle insists, only our intellect seems immortal and divine History of Western Philosophy. Aristotle, Protrepticus a Reconstruction.

In one Aristotle attempts to meet the charge that contemplation is valueless because it is useless. It is also possible to identify ariatotle papyrus fragments of the work, and many references and literary allusions in later authors, especially Cicero, whose own lost dialogue Hortensius was a defense of philosophy modeleld on Aristotle’s.

History ariatotle Western Philosophy. Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romano- rum Teubneriana. But [it is] clear9 that for the philosopher alone among produc- ers are there both stable laws and correct and fine actions.

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.

Allan – – Phronesis arishotle 3: We may also reason as Aristotle does in his Protrepticusin which he encourages young men to philosophize. For how will it be nourished? If Aristotle presses the utility argument, then Aristotle would seem to undercut the aristocratic defense of contemplation. Still, even if these useless activities are not worth pursuing, their uselessness in no way rules out other useless activities, viz.


While Aristo- tle does not offer an explicit, detailed answer, he nevertheless provides telling clues.

Aristotle’s Protrepticus an Attempt at Reconstruction

Hutchinson and Johnson [5]. Nevertheless, he still leaves us wondering exactly how. Just as the latter rely on inexact measures, the former rely on inexact measures of the human good in making practical judg- ments. Spiritual exercises from Socrates to Foucault. For instance, in NE vi 7, Aristotle maintains arlstotle since sophia is the highest sort of wisdom, sophia must have for its objects the highest kinds of being in the cosmos. Two of these arguments protrepticys especially noteworthy.

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

Notice that Aristotle is not saying that uselessness is sufficient for being a high- est end. There- fore, contemplation is useful after all. At Nicomachean Ethics x 7. But since nature does not characteristically produce organisms that are incapable of main- taining themselves as members of their kinds, animals require the pdotrepticus power, which is useful for securing nutritive needs.