Levels of argument: a comparative study of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics.

Levels of argument: a comparative study of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 0199249644
  • ISBN 13: 9780199249640


Overview

In Levels of Argument, Dominic Scott compares the Republic and Nicomachean Ethics from a methodological perspective. In the first half he argues that the Republic distinguishes between two levels of argument in the defence of justice, the 'longer' and 'shorter' routes. The longer is the ideal and aims at maximum precision; the shorter route is the one that Socrates actually follows in the Republic, and is less precise,employing hypotheses, analogies and empirical observation. In the second half of the book, Scott turns to the Nicomachean Ethics, and argues that, even though Aristotle rejects a universal Form of the Good, he implicitly recognises the existenceof longer and shorter routes, analogous to those distinguished in the Republic. But Aristotle steers his audience away from the longer route, being a distraction from the essentially practical goals of political science. Scott concludes that Platonic and Aristotelian methodologies distinguish analogously similar levels of argument, and it is the shorter route that both philosophers actually follow--Plato because he thinks it will have to suffice, Aristotle because he thinks that thereis no need to go beyond it.

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press,
  • Language: Eng English
  • Format: print
  • Edition: 1
  • Dimensions: vi, 235 pages ; 23 cm
  • Date Published: 2015
  • Authors: Scott, Dominic (author.)