CC Paper2 - Jun-Hao Rosalyn Shih Contemporary Civilization Paper 1 Professor Shamus Khan Sepetember 18th 2008 The Purpose of the Slave in

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Jun-Hao Rosalyn Shih Contemporary Civilization Paper 1 Professor Shamus Khan Sepetember 18 th , 2008 The Purpose of the Slave in Aristotle’s Teleological Method Aristotle’s argument on slavery is a classic example of his teleological method. His argument is based on the assumption that everything that exists has a final and rational cause. He takes the commonly acknowledged observation that some people are less able at reasoning than others, and argues that they have an inherent purpose – that is to do hard labor for those who are more suited to be masters. He argues that there exists a stratum of “natural slaves”, for whom doing hard labor is natural and beneficial. The teleological method holds that the function of something that exists can be determined by its form and characteristics. For example, Aristotle observes that those who are natural slaves have a different physical structure to those who are masters that allows them to perform a particular function. While the former are as “strong enough to be used for necessities”, the latter are “useless for that sort of work, but upright in posture
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2008 for the course COCI C1101 taught by Professor Khan during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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