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Wednesday February 10th 2016

‘Aristotle’

On The Education Of Youth In Music: Rhythms, Modes, Melodies

On The Education Of Youth In Music: Rhythms, Modes, Melodies

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 7, 350 B.C.E. We have also to consider rhythms and modes, and their use in education. Shall we use them all or make a distinction? and shall the same distinction be made for those who practice music with a view to education, or shall it be some other? Now we [...]

More On The Education Of Youth In Music

More On The Education Of Youth In Music

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 6, 350 B.C.E. And now we have to determine the question which has been already raised, whether children should be themselves taught to sing and play or not. Clearly there is a considerable difference made in the character by the actual practice of the art. It [...]

On The Education Of Youth In Music

On The Education Of Youth In Music

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 5, 350 B.C.E. Concerning music there are some questions which we have already raised; these we may now resume and carry further; and our remarks will serve as a prelude to this or any other discussion of the subject. It is not easy to determine the nature of [...]

On The Physical And Gymnastic Education Of Youth

On The Physical And Gymnastic Education Of Youth

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 4, 350 B.C.E. Of those states which in our own day seem to take the greatest care of children, some aim at producing in them an athletic habit, but they only injure their forms and stunt their growth. Although the Lacedaemonians have not fallen into this [...]

On The Liberal Education Of Youth

On The Liberal Education Of Youth

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 3, 350 B.C.E. The customary branches of education are in number four; they are- (1) reading and writing, (2) gymnastic exercises, (3) music, to which is sometimes added (4) drawing. Of these, reading and writing and drawing are regarded as useful for the [...]

The Education Of Youth And What Should Be Taught

The Education Of Youth And What Should Be Taught

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 2, 350 B.C.E. That education should be regulated by law and should be an affair of state is not to be denied, but what should be the character of this public education, and how young persons should be educated, are questions which remain to be considered. As [...]

The Education Of The Youth

The Education Of The Youth

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Eight, Part 1, 350 B.C.E. No one will doubt that the legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth; for the neglect of education does harm to the constitution The citizen should be molded to suit the form of government under which he lives. For [...]

The Hardy Rearing Of Children

The Hardy Rearing Of Children

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 17, 350 B.C.E. After the children have been born, the manner of rearing them may be supposed to have a great effect on their bodily strength. It would appear from the example of animals, and of those nations who desire to create the military habit, that the [...]

Of Marriage And The Rearing Of Children

Of Marriage And The Rearing Of Children

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 16, 350 B.C.E. Since the legislator should begin by considering how the frames of the children whom he is rearing may be as good as possible, his first care will be about marriage- at what age should his citizens marry, and who are fit to marry? In legislating [...]

Of The End Of Individuals And Of States

Of The End Of Individuals And Of States

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 15, 350 B.C.E. Since the end of individuals and of states is the same, the end of the best man and of the best constitution must also be the same; it is therefore evident that there ought to exist in both of them the virtues of leisure; for peace, as has been [...]

Rulers And Subjects; Governors And Governed

Rulers And Subjects; Governors And Governed

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 14, 350 B.C.E. Since every political society is composed of rulers and subjects let us consider whether the relations of one to the other should interchange or be permanent. For the education of the citizens will necessarily vary with the answer given to this [...]

The Purpose Of Government And The Right Means To Achieve It

The Purpose Of Government And The Right Means To Achieve It

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 13, 350 B.C.E. Returning to the constitution itself, let us seek to determine out of what and what sort of elements the state which is to be happy and well-governed should be composed. There are two things in which all well-being consists: one of them is the [...]

Of The Placement Of Agora’s And Common Tables

Of The Placement Of Agora’s And Common Tables

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 12, 350 B.C.E. As the walls are to be divided by guardhouses and towers built at suitable intervals, and the body of citizens must be distributed at common tables, the idea will naturally occur that we should establish some of the common tables in the [...]

Cities And Their Necessary Qualities

Cities And Their Necessary Qualities

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 11, 350 B.C.E. We have already said that the city should be open to the land and to the sea, and to the whole country as far as possible. In respect of the place itself our wish would be that its situation should be fortunate in four things. The first, health- [...]

The Class Of Husbandmen In The State

The Class Of Husbandmen In The State

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 10, 350 B.C.E. It is not a new or recent discovery of political philosophers that the state ought to be divided into classes, and that the warriors should be separated from the husbandmen. The system has continued in Egypt and in Crete to this day, and was [...]

Occupations Necessary To The State

Occupations Necessary To The State

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 9, 350 B.C.E. Having determined these points, we have in the next place to consider whether all ought to share in every sort of occupation. Shall every man be at once husbandman, artisan, councillor, judge, or shall we suppose the several occupations just [...]

The Indispensable Parts Of A State

The Indispensable Parts Of A State

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 8, 350 B.C.E. As in other natural compounds the conditions of a composite whole are not necessarily organic parts of it, so in a state or in any other combination forming a unity not everything is a part, which is a necessary condition. The members of an [...]

Aristotle and a Synoptic Philosophy

Aristotle and a Synoptic Philosophy

By Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. The word "synoptic" comes to us from the Greek "sunoprikos," which means "seeing the whole together" or "taking a comprehensive view." It is an attempt to achieve an all-inclusive overview of one's subject matter and to see all its parts in relationship to one another. Synoptic philosophy sets out to see [...]

The Qualities That Make For A Good Citizen

The Qualities That Make For A Good Citizen

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 7, 350 B.C.E. Having spoken of the number of the citizens, we will proceed to speak of what should be their character. This is a subject which can be easily understood by any one who casts his eye on the more celebrated states of Hellas, and generally on the [...]

The State And The Sea

The State And The Sea

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Aristotle: “Politics”, Book Seven, Part 6, 350 B.C.E. Whether a communication with the sea is beneficial to a well-ordered state or not is a question which has often been asked. It is argued that the introduction of strangers brought up under other laws, and the increase of population, will be [...]

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