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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Altham and Ross Harrison edd. But since nature does not characteristically produce organisms that are incapable of main- taining themselves as members of their kinds, animals require the perceptive power, which is useful for securing nutritive needs. But if the cosmic order, in possessing intellect, mirrors the Demiurge, then the Demiurge too will be a kind of intellect. Moravcsik – – Melbourne, Macmillan.

Protreppticus, if we find a potential inconsistency between the aristocratic defense and the utility argument, it is not yet clear that the Protrepticus itself is an incoherent text—at least if we keep in mind the genre-specific goals of protreptic writing.

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.


Since the 19th century, when inquiry was initiated by Jakob Bernaysseveral scholars have attempted to reconstruct the work. The Antidosis of Isocrates and Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Originally in Mind But there are other responses to the apparent inconsistency, and I turn my attention to them now. Allan – – The Classical Review 9 2: 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 arisotle commentators on Aristotle.

In other words, perception extends itself through the support it provides nutritive functioning. No categories specified categorize this paper. Inwe began a project to reconstruct the lost work by reevaluating all the possible sources of evidence for it.

Diels, Hermann and Walther Kranz edd. Given the internal aims of philosophical protreptic, it would be troublesome if two major arguments clashed in a straightforward fashion.

Nevertheless, one need not think that the Protrepticus identifies this highest knowledge afistotle practical wisdom. For other works entitled Protrepticus, see Protrepticus. According to Aristotle, the natural slave subserves the mas- ter: After all, being useless is insufficient by itself to confer final value or choiceworthiness to all sorts of weird activities.

Aristotle on Nature and Living Things: As I have argued, however, Aristotle in the Protrepticus seeks to exhort his audience to the contemplation of the cosmos aaristotle ordered by divine intellectual activity. Science Logic and Mathematics.


Since the chapter 10 passage is unfortu- nately not better known, I translate the entire chapter: This article is about the work by Aristotle. Sign in Create an account.

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Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. Views Read Edit View history. Second, he argues that contemplation nevertheless possesses a cer- tain kind of usefulness after all. Further, the thought that the contemplation of the universe includes the con- templation of the god construed as something like divine intellect has aristole Platonic pedigree.

Hutchinson and Monte Ransome Johnson 25 January The latest news at our blog. The works of Aristotle. The goal of philosophical protreptic is to turn the listener or reader toward philo- sophical activity.

Aristotle and Other Platonists. Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis Various arguments survive from protrelticus Protrepticus, preserved primarily in chapters of a work of the same name by the Neoplatonic philosopher Iamblichus.