Aristotle Beyond the Academy

Ethics and Politics

Professor Edith Hall

This category examines the reception of Aristotle’s works using his ethical, political, economic treatises (Nicomachean Ethics, Magna Moralia, Eudemian Ethics, Politics and Economics; Metaphysics is included here since it appears in discussions of ethics and religion; Poetics will be referenced where theatrical/poetic works are included and censorship discussed). These have informed publications, especially magazine and newspaper articles, synthetic histories and entries in general reference works aimed at self-educators, school-children and political activists. The reception of Aristotelian ideas on society, politics and ethics, will centre on (i) censorship, suffrage, constitutions, poverty and education (in the 1680 Free-Holders’ Grand Inquest, Thomas Paine’s minor writings, Hansard and workers’ literature; Davidson’s socialist manifesto of 1892); (ii) religion, as in the poet Martin Tupper’s sonnet in praise of him as ‘the heathen Solomon’, in J.S. Blackie’s widely read 1871 Four Phases of Morals. Socrates, Aristotle, Christianity, Utilitarianism and M.W. Williams’ Thoughts on the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, and their Relation to the Story of Jesus Christ (1918); and (iii) gender roles in society (e.g. in Lady Chatterton’s 1875 Extracts from Aristotle's Works).

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