Professor Malcolm Heath: Human Uniqueness and Humanity Diversity in Aristotle
This is the sixth lecture in the Being Human - Classical Perspectives Lecture Series.
How do human beings differ from other animals? How do human beings differ from each other? This paper probes Aristotle's answers to these fundamental questions of anthropology, taking the production and consumption of poetry - a unique and universal human behaviour - as a test case.
What cluster of traits enables and motivates this behaviour? How far are these traits shared with nonhuman animals? What dimensions of human diversity would be relevant to understanding the diversity of poetic practices?
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