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Talk at Bogazici, Refik Guremen (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), “How not to explain human beings’ higher degree of politicalness according to Aristotle”

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This Friday, October 25, 5-7pm, in TB (Anderson Hall) 130.


One of Aristotle’s most widely known ideas is : human beings are, by nature, political animals. In the second chapter of his Politics, Book I, this statement is followed by another one saying that they are also more political than the other political animals like, for example, the bees. According to the most widely shared views about Aristotle’s argument here, human beings would be more political either because they have a natural capacity for rational speech or because they are perceptive about questions of justice, or because of both reasons. Aristotle himself seems to support this approach in the rest of the chapter. I argue that this, however, is not the correct way of understanding Aristotle’s argument here. In my paper, I examine two principal versions of this incorrect way of explaining human being’s higher degree of politicalness according to Aristotle.

Written by markedwardsteen

October 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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