Ancient Philosophy 30 (1):135-153 (2010)

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Matthew D. Walker
Yale-NUS College
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Fragments of Aristotle’s lost Protrepticus seem to offer inconsistent arguments for the value of contemplation (one argument appealing to contemplation's uselessness, the other appealing to its utility). In this paper, I argue that these arguments are mutually consistent. Further, I argue that, contrary to first appearances, Aristotle has resources in the Protrepticus for explaining how contemplation, even if it has divine objects, can nevertheless be useful in the way in which he claims, viz., for providing cognitive access to boundary markers (horoi) of the human good.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Classical Studies  History of Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI ancientphil20103019
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