The <i>Ergon</i> Argument

Stephen R.L. Clark

in Aristotle's Man

Published in print May 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245162
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680847 | DOI:
The Ergon Argument

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Man's ergon, his defining character, lies in his capacity for choice and action, so that his nature is not wholly determinate. To live well, being human, one must do their own living. The subject of ethical discourse is the free man. In finding the way through the labyrinth of the Aristotelian texts, focus is placed on the questions, speculations, and, occasionally, the answers related to the nature of man, or, less abstractly, of men. It is suggested that the ergon argument is a way of defining the subject matter: what are these ‘men’ we are talking about? The Sartrean's problem is that in thus describing human identity, he has himself defined it.

Keywords: ergon argument; Aristotelian texts; man; Sartrean's problem; ethical discourse

Chapter.  6287 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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