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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On the basis of a close study of Iamblichus’ extensive use and excerption of Aristotle’s Protrepticusit is possible to reconstruct the backbone of the lost work, and then to flesh it out with the other surviving reports about the work from antiquity for example in Alexander of Aphrodisias and other ancient commentators on Aristotle.

Hutchinson and Monte Ransome Johnson 25 January Welcome The Protrepticus was an early work of Aristotle, written while he was still a member of Plato’s Academy, but it soon became one of the most famous works in the whole history of philosophy. To show that this is how Aristotle accounts for the utility of con- templation, I turn to a remarkable section of the Protrepticus 8.

Rather, perception supports nutrition, not because nutritive activity is the highest function constitutive of animal life, but because fulfilling nutritive needs is required for the sake of perception, loco- motion, and the like. For how will it be nourished? If you have been assigned to read Aristotle’s Protrepticus in a course, this is probably what you are looking for.

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The Antidosis of Isocrates and Aristotle’s Protrepticus. For those looking for more detail about our methods of reconstruction and the basis of evidence, you will find on this website our working files on a new critical Greek edition, translation, commentary, and reconstruction of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.


Moravcsik – – Garden City, N. This article has no associated abstract. And so the philosopher would seem to be the true phronimos: The University of Chicago Press. The Revised Oxford Translation.

Nevertheless, as De anima iii 12 suggests, perceptive activity still possesses a kind of utility in ani- mals: Chroust – – University of Notre Dame Press.

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Aristotle’s Protrepticus an Attempt at Reconstruction

Yet the passage above stands out for argu- ing explicitly that contemplative knowledge is useful. On my reading, while Aristotle believes that contemplation is useless in subserving any higher ends, he nevertheless believes that contemplation can be useful for supporting subservient lower ones.

We may also reason as Aristotle does in his Protrepticusin which he encourages young men to philosophize. Given the philosophical issues at play, I seek to translate as literally as possible. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. From the table of contents page, you will be able to access drafts of various parts of the book.

The Protrepticus was an early work of Aristotle, written while he was still a member of Plato’s Academy, but it soon became one of the most famous works in the whole history of philosophy. And so, contemplation remains useful for providing cognitive access to boundary markers of the human good, which would enable the lawmaker to judge well. No categories specified categorize this paper. The works of Aristotle. Request removal from index.

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History of Western Philosophy. Although I have consulted various translations, translations unless otherwise noted are my own. Added to PP index Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, Ariistotle can I increase my downloads?


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In the second passage above from chapter 9, Aristotle refers at Notice that Aristotle is not saying that uselessness is sufficient for being a high- est end.

If we ought to philosophize we ought to philosophize, and if we ought not to philosophize we ought to philosophize; in either case, therefore, we ought to philosophize. Aristotle’s ‘Protrepticus’ and the Sources of Its Reconstruction.

Hence, if they lacked the perceptive power and its functions, which include perception, appetite, and locomotionthey would fail in two ways to reach their end. Aristotle thus wants to say that through exercising contemplation, we some- aristptle come to understand the nature protreptidus the human good, i. To show how Aristotle develops this response in the Protrepticus, I briefly examine two passages from chapter 9 of the Protrepticus where Aristotle pre- sents this defense in a particularly clear form.

Aristotle, Protrepticus a Reconstruction. Hutchinson and Johnson Gerson Rabinowitz – – Journal of Hellenic Studies And we can do this by showing that the purported inconsistency between prptrepticus aristocratic defense and the utility argument, even in the fragments that we now possess, is only apparent.

But if the cosmic order, in possessing intellect, mirrors the Demiurge, then the Demiurge too will be a kind of intellect.