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Aristotle: Nature and Mere Nature

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096521
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096525.003.0005
Aristotle: Nature and Mere Nature

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Aristotle argues that the virtues develop from nature as matter (mere nature) to nature as form, an ideal. Nature is also, however, what is ‘always or for the most part’. These points are linked to Aristotle's controversial uses of nature in discussing the city‐state, slavery, and moneymaking; on this issue, his arguments are inconsistent.

Keywords: Aristotle; city‐state; ideal; nature; slavery

Chapter.  11173 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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