Single Idea 2808

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / d. Friendship]

Full Idea

There is an interest in common and a feeling of friendship between master and slave, wherever they are fitted for this relationship.

Gist of Idea

Master and slave can have friendship through common interests


Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1255b12)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.73

A Reaction

Very striking. His view that there are natural slaves, who are incapable of the good life, seems to count against this, but I suspect that he is forced to confront the facts in his own city.