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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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The Ethics of Contemplation

The Ethics of Contemplation

Pater’s Reading of Aristotle

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Pater the Classicist

Adam Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how Pater’s teaching of Aristotle is evident in his writing. The rising importance of Plato in Oxford’s Literae Humaniores in the latter half of the nineteenth century affected the interpretation of Aristotle. Pater exemplifies this change as a lecturer on both Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, which were essential texts for students’ success. The first and most significant change in Pater’s work occurs in his 1874 essay ‘On Wordsworth’, where the practical teaching of Aristotle’s Ethics in regard to ‘habit’ is downplayed in favour of an idealistic interpretation that exalts the activity of being over doing. Using the philosophical authority of Aristotle, and the values associated with contemplation, including autonomy, repose, and simplicity, his essay ‘On Wordsworth’ helps to mould the aesthetic figure that Pater continues to be associated with, as later endorsed by Oscar Wilde.

Keywords:   Aristotle, contemplation, Wordsworth, Aestheticism, ethics, Literae Humaniores, Wilde

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