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For all practical purposes , they are addressed to a class of aristocrats or "gentlemen" possessed of the leisure necessary for education and for political activi­ ty . In the highest case , they are addressed to men of this sort who are potential or actual statesmen or legislators . It is precisely because Aristotle means to be intelligible to an au­ dience of this kind that he departs as little as possible from the phenomena of political life as they present themselves to the nonphilosophic observer.

In Aristotle ' s view , the pursuit of proficiency in " certain liberal sciences" may also be banausic . The manual or wage-earning arts necessarily affect in an adverse manner both body and mind . The pursuit of proficien­ cy in certain liberal sciences is " liable [enochos] to be harmful " -it is not necessarily or in all circumstances harm­ ful22- " in the ways we have indicated " ; it may be harmful , that is , with regard to body, soul , and mind . Aristocle in­ dicates, it seems, that the excessive pursuit of proficiency in certain liberal sciences is liable to be harmful above all for the soul .

Enochos l) is surely incorrect if it is meant to imply a necessary relation . Barker's "liable " gives the normal meaning of the word . 52 Education sciences ' ' of which Aristotle is thinking are those arts that may be pursued or that are primarily pursued ' ' with a view to the professional contests " (pros tous agonas tous technikous, 1 34 1 a 1 0- 1 1 ; cf. b8- 1 0) or for the sake of public performance or display . He is thinking in particular of music , and of the cor­ rupting effect of a professional or " technical " education in music .

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