Single Idea 2807

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / j. Ethics by convention]

Full Idea

Some say the distinction between slave and free is one of convention only, and in nature there is no difference, so that this form of rule is based on force and is therefore not just.

Clarification

'Convention' is the Greek word 'nomos', which also translates as 'law'

Gist of Idea

Some say slavery is unnatural and created by convention, and is therefore forced, and unjust

Source

Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1253b20)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.63