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G. E. Schiitrumpf (1981). I attempt to meet these objections in Chapter 6. J. E. Moravcsik (1974), M. Hocutt (1974), R. Sorabji (1978), D. Graham (1986), whose 'two systems' view would place the political treatises on the same 'developmental' level as the Physics. Schiitrumpf (1980), pp. , rightly emphasizes the distinction between a true cause and a necessary precondition in Aristotle. This is no place to enter fully into Aristotle's teleology. Suffice it to say here that (1) he has no idea of natural selection, of the idea of the duck having been selected to survive by its acquisition through inheritance of webbed feet; but (2) he is not positing a motive or conscious force in 'nature' which endows ducks with webbed feet so that they may swim better.
A fuller treatment of each of these themes is pursued in the chapters that follow in connection with an elucidation of Aristotle's constitutional theory, and specifically with what I have called the first-order questions of that theory. First- and Second-Order Questions in the Politics 29 Here it remains only to ask what conclusions, if any, may be drawn from the preceding discussion. First let me emphasize the point that, even if there is any merit to what I have said above, those comments do not come close to resolving all of the difficulties one encounters in the text of the Politics.
3), and G. Kerferd (1981), Ch. 10. e. that standards of beauty and the like are not permanent but only temporary resting places of human agreement. g. NE I. 3 1094 bl5-17), does not do so himself. There are disagreements about what is 'by nature', but there is also Aristotle's repeated insistence that 'the best', 'the right', and the like do exist apart from these disagreements. This distinction, and the one immediately preceding it, both parallel in interesting ways a more famous Aristotelian distinction, developed mainly in the Metaphysics, that between potentiality and actuality: D.
Aristotle’s Theory of the State by Curtis N. Johnson (auth.)