Bearistotle wreaks havoc on Symposium


Since we haven’t too much news at this moment to fill our new web page, we’ll take this opportunity to explore two terms. First is zoon politikon, and second, if we dare to interpret above posted comic, argumentum ad baculum.

In his book, the Politics, Aristotle brings together empirical investigation of existing states and a theory of the possible structure of civil society. For Aristotle, the basic unit of the polis is the family or household, not only because it is the locus for procreation and thus continuity, but also because, in Aristotle’s world, the household was the primary location for the production of goods. Families are located in a complex web of social relationships, or “friendships” (philiai), which jointly form the community (koinonia) in which the family is located. For Aristotle, the human being is a zoon politikon, animal whose nature it is to live in a polis; human language has as its primary function making possible the social interactions that form the community and state.

Secondly, argumentum ad baculum translated from Latin would mean "appeal to the stick". It’s a logical fallacy one commits when appealing to force (or threat of force) to bring about the acceptance of an idea or conclusion. For instance. Random poor Greek: “But Bearistotle, I don’t think that’s a valid conclusion!” Bearistotle: “I’ll throw a Doric column at your head.” "Random poor Greek: “Ah yes, I see your point now.”