Aristotle and Menander on the Ethics of Understanding by Valeria Cinaglia

By Valeria Cinaglia

In Aristotle and Menander at the Ethics of Understanding, Valeria Cinaglia bargains a parallel learn of Menander's New Comedy and Aristotle's philosophy concentrating on topics starting from epistemology and psychology to ethics. Cinaglia doesn't objective to illustrate the direct philosophical effect of Aristotle on Menander, yet explores the speculation that there are major analogies among the 2 that expose a shared thought-world. Cinaglia exhibits that Aristotle and Menander supply analogous perspectives of how that perceptions and emotional responses to occasions are associated with the presence or absence of moral and cognitive knowing, or the country of moral personality improvement: the research of those analogies contributes to a deeper realizing of either frameworks concerned.

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Electra: And then, how can two locks of hair match each other, when one is nurtured in the noble man’s wrestling-schools, the other combed and female? No, it’s impossible! 53 Electra’s acknowledgment of the fact that her brother is alive, and that he has visited their father’s tomb, requires an extended process of recognition to bring out more clearly the emotional tension involved in this process. Thus, Electra here needs to carry out a point-by-point analysis of the Old Man’s arguments about the traces that a stranger could have left in paying his visit to Agamemnon and that the Old Man takes promptly as decisive signs of recognition of Orestes.

Aspis 70–72. Paduano remarks that, at this point, the text anticipates a remarkable doubt about Kleostratos’ death (Paduano 1980, p. 335). 23 Smikrines is asking for a verification of Daos’ account that is grounded on visual perception; conversely, Daos has said that it has not been possible to verify that Kleostratos was dead by seeing him. Daos has identified Kleostratos’ corpse because Kleostratos’ shield lay there with him. This implies, for Smikrines as well as for the audience, that he cannot be sure of the fact.

Poet. ii, fr. iv Janko: “Comedy is an imitation of an action that is absurd and lacking in magnitude, complete” (κωμῳδία ἐστὶ μίμησις πράξεως γελοίας καὶ ἀμοίρου μεγέθους, τελείας). Arist. Poet. 7, 1451a30–33. Halliwell 1986, pp. 100–101. On this particular point see de Ste Croix 1992 and Carli 2010. 20 chapter 1 final version by a poet. The structure of an historical report is not unitary as it is bound to follow circumstances and the random order in which, in the actual historical situation, those circumstances happened to follow one another.

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