Commentary on Aristotle's Politics by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan

By Saint Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan

The 1st whole translation into smooth English of Aquinas unfinished observation on Aristotle's "Politics", this translation follows the definitive Leonine textual content of Aquinas and furthermore reproduces in English these passages of William of Moerbeke's famously exact but elliptical translation of the "Politics" from which Aquinas labored. Bekker numbers were extra to passages from Moerbeke's translation for simple reference.

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Second, he proves what he has proposed [13]. , has a drive or inclination) to differentiate between the bodies of free persons and those of slaves. This is so that the bodies of slaves are strong for carrying out necessary tasks suitable for them, namely, digging up fields, and performing like services. , well disposed by nature) and useless for the servile works necessary to support their tender constitution but useful for the civic life in which free persons engage. And those with bodily members useful for civic life are disposed sometimes for advantage in war and sometimes for advantage in peace, namely, have bodily members fit for combat and other military activities in time of war and for performing other civic tasks in time of peace.

8. qxd 30 1/15/07 11:32 AM Page 30 Book I by nature superior, that the female is by nature inferior, that the male rules, and that the female is subject to the male. And we should note that the first two examples concern the individual whole, and the other two concern the universal whole that is the genus or species. And so it is clear that the aforementioned proposition applies to both. 9. Then he infers what he has proposed, namely, that it is the same regarding human beings as it is regarding the foregoing, namely, that it is natural and expedient that some human beings rule and that others be subjects.

And he first proposes something that is obvious. Second, he considers the matter about which there is a doubt [4]. Therefore, he first gives the reason for the aforementioned difficulty and the resulting different opinions of the wise. , unless the contrary should happen by mischance). And so it is clear that the victor always abounds in some goodness unless it should happen otherwise by mischance. And so it seems that force is never without any virtue on the part of the one using force, and this is self-evident.

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