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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 16, Issue 2, Spring 2012

Adriel Trott
Pages 269-285
DOI: 10.5840/epoche20121627

The Human Animal
The Natural and the Rational in Aristotle’s Anthropology

I argue that the human being fits squarely within the natural world in Aristotle’s anthropology. Like other natural beings, we strive to fulfill our end from the potential within us to achieve that end. Logos does not make human beings unnatural but makes us responsible for our actualization. As rational, the human can never be reduced to mere living animal but is always already concerned with living well; yet, as natural, she is not separated from the animal world, a dangerous distinction which inevitably leaves some persons reduced to mere animality.