'The Place of Slavery in the Aristotelian Framework of Law, Reason and Emotion'

P Langford and I Bryan, 'The Place of Slavery in the Aristotelian Framework of Law, Reason and Emotion', pp.313-333, in L Huppes-Cluysenaur and N MMS Coelho, (eds.), Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics, (Springer-Verlag, 2018)

Posted: 13 Mar 2018

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Peter Langford

Edge Hill University

Ian Bryan

Lancaster University

Date Written: March 1, 2018

Abstract

This paper considers the Aristotelian examination of slavery in Book I of the Politics in order to question the relationship between slavery and the wider Aristotelian framework of law, reason and emotion. A detailed analysis of Book 1 reveals that it is orientated by an appropriation and transformation of the Platonic conception of virtue and rulership. The Aristotelian response defines the slave as the particular determination of the connection between nature and necessity which, in turn, shape the notions of law, reason and emotion. The relationship between the slave and notions of law, reason and emotion are conferred after the initial determination of, and justification for, the division between (natural) master and (natural) slave. The division is a form of rulership within the household. The slave’s subjection to the master determines that the relationship to law, reason and emotion is coextensive with household management. It is only the free population and, in particular, free men, who are capable of developing a political regime. The political regime is the sole form through which the relationship between law, reason and emotion is to be established in order to realize the ideal or good life. The further development of the Politics is predicated upon the simultaneous recognition and disappearance of a relationship of subjection.

Suggested Citation

Langford, Peter and Bryan, Ian, 'The Place of Slavery in the Aristotelian Framework of Law, Reason and Emotion' (March 1, 2018). P Langford and I Bryan, 'The Place of Slavery in the Aristotelian Framework of Law, Reason and Emotion', pp.313-333, in L Huppes-Cluysenaur and N MMS Coelho, (eds.), Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics, (Springer-Verlag, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3137804

Peter Langford

Edge Hill University ( email )

St. Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP
United Kingdom

Ian Bryan (Contact Author)

Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

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