Slavery and the Will to Power
This chapter explores the most notorious feature of the Politics, the endorsement of slavery. This is an important feature of Aristotle's treatise since the issues raised by slavery cut deep into his way of thinking and help us understand what he means by saying that people are political animals. In Book I, Aristotle defends the naturalness of slavery and couples it with an analogous denigration of women. Worse, in Book VII, he provides a racial interpretation to slavery as he locates those suited to be slaves in Asia, as opposed to Europeans too wild to be domesticated and to the Greeks whose ideal psyches make them natural masters. This is a dismal example of a great mind unable to escape the prejudices of his time, and of philosophy enlisted as rationalization in the service of a hidden political agenda.
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