Changing Kinds: Aristotle and the Aristotelians

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Stephen R. L. Clark


Aristotle is routinely blamed for several errors that, it is supposed, held 'science' back for centuries - among others, a belief in distinct, homogenous and unchanging species of living creatures, an essentialist account of human nature, and a suggestion that 'slavery' was a natural institution. This paper briefly examines Aristotle's own arguments and opinions, and the perils posed by a contrary belief in changeable species. Contrary to received opinion even amongst some of his followers, Aristotle was not a species essentialist and his ethical theory, properly expanded, provides arguments against bioengineering human and other species without a clear view of what should count as beauty.
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Stephen R. L. Clark, The University of Liverpool

Prof. Stephen R. L. Clark
Emeritus Professor
The University of Liverpool
c/o Department of Philosophy
Liverpool L69 3BX
United Kingdom



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CLARK, S. Changing Kinds: Aristotle and the Aristotelians. Diametros, n. 45, p. 19-34, 26 set. 2015.
Special Topic – Aristotelian Recources of Bioethics