Born in the year of 384 B.C. was seen as conventional for his
time, for he regarded slavery as a natural course of nature and believed that
certain people were born to be slaves due to the fact that their soul lacked the
rational part that should rule in a human being; However in certain
circumstances it is evident that Aristotle did not believe that all men who were
slaves were meant to be slaves.
In his book Politics, Aristotle begins with the Theory of The Household,
and it is here that the majority of his views upon slavery are found. With the
beginning of Chapter IV, Aristotle's idea of slavery is clearly defined. "The
instruments of the household form its stock of property : ...

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of life and were therefore needed to form
a complete household. In fact Aristotle went as far as to say that a slave was
comparable to a tame animal, with their only divergence in the fact that a slave
could apprehend reason. For he concluded that a slave and animals only use was
to supply their owners with bodily help.
At the end of the Theories of the Household, Aristotle explains how
slaves are different from andy other types of people, in the sence that they are
the only class who are born into their occupation and become property of their
masters. In examining this relationship we find that he thought that while
masters were the masters of the slaves, they still held a life other than that
of being master; However, Aristotle believed that not only was the slave a
slave to his master, but the slave had no other life or purpose than belonging.
From this consideration we begin to understand Aristotle's views on the
relationship between Master and Slave.
At the ...

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and that it was nature's intentions to distinguish between those who were
born to be freemen and those born to be slaves. However, we see that Aristotle
have somewhat reservations upon his beliefs that all slaves corresponded to his
mold. With such quotes as "But with nature , though she intends, does not
always succeed in achieving a clear distinction between men born to be masters
and men born to be slaves." we begin to see that Aristotle was not as
conservative as believed. In fact, we start to understand the left-wing
attitudes that Aristotle held. At the end of Chapter V of the Theories of the
Household, Aristotle concludes "The contrary of nature's intentions, however,
often ...

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