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Single Idea 21047

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / a. Slavery]

Full Idea

For slavery to be just, according to Aristotle, two conditions must be met: it must be necessary, and it must be natural.

Gist of Idea

To be just, Aristotle thought slavery must be both necessary and natural

Source

report of Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE]) by Michael J. Sandel - Justice: What's the right thing to do? 08

A Reaction

Aristotle thought it met both conditions, but no one now thinks it meets either condition.

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.201