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Refining the Statesman

Gill Mary Louise

in Philosophos

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606184
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741890 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606184.003.0007
Refining the Statesman

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Chapter 6 examines the statesman, who turns up at the tip of a single branch of a divisional tree but is puzzling because he has many rivals who profess that they, too, look after humans who live in a city. To mark off the statesman from his rivals, Plato’s Stranger introduces a new model — weaving — and a new divisional technique, division by limbs. The Statesman is important to the larger project about the philosopher in showing that, in some cases, defining the object of an art may take the inquirers only part way toward their destination. To mark off the statesman from others who work in the same domain, the inquirer must also consider the statesman’s perspective on the object, his manner of dealing with it, and the good he attempts to achieve.

Keywords: Statesman; statesman; division; models; weaving

Chapter.  13523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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