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Höffe I 71
Division of labour/Aristotle/Höffe: In Aristotle's view, the relationship of master and slave does not consistently serve the claimed mutual advantage of a fair division of labor. Often the point of view of the one side is in the foreground: The master shuns physical work; he prefers to devote himself to leisure activities, therefore he needs "animated tools" that take the other work off his hands. Those who are too poor use an ox as a substitute(1); the price of slaves was therefore high. On the other hand, those who can afford not only slaves but also a supervisor over them, hand this supervision over to an administrator and devote themselves to politics or philosophy(2).


1. politics, I 2, 1252b12
2. I 7, 1255b35-37


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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