Aristotle and the Will to Power
Ancient Philosophy | Arts and Humanities | Classics | Philosophy
Once we get past moral outrage, Aristotle’s notorious discussion of slavery has several ever more disquieting challenges to modern thinking. Not only are slaves in a certain sense “natural,” but so is the master/slave relationship and so is mastery. While he thinks that living the right kind of state and having the right kind of character is a permanent solution to problems of slavishness, problems of mastery, of the despotic cast of mind, are permanent political problems, since the desire to dominate others has the same psychic source as the desire for friendship and for political reciprocity.
Garver, Eugene. “Aristotle and the Will to Power.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 13, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 74-83. doi:10.5840/pcw200613222.