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Aristotle on the Concept of Shared Life

Sara Brill


Aristotle on the Concept of Shared Life studies Aristotle’s understanding of the political character of human intimacy via an examination of the zoological frame informing his political theory. It argues that the concept of shared life, i.e. the forms of intimacy that arise from the possession of logos and the capacity for choice, is central to human political partnership, and serves to locate that life within the broader context of living beings as such, where it emerges as an intensification of animal sociality. As such it challenges a long-standing approach to the role of the animal in Aris ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, life, politics, animal, zoology, friendship, power, generativity, maternal bond, commodification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198839583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198839583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Brill, author
Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University