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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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The Hunt for Bipedal Cattle

The Hunt for Bipedal Cattle

(p.4) Chapter 1 The Hunt for Bipedal Cattle

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses Greek conceptions of manhunts. For the Greeks, the manhunt is not only a metaphor of the play of seduction, hunting for lovers, or sophistical traps, it is also a very literal practice connected with the institution of slavery. The economic life of the city-state is dependent on slave labor, and hence its prior acquisition. Greek philosophers also conceive manhunting as an “art” or technology of power. The main characteristic of the manhunt as a technology of power is its nonproductivity: it does not make its object but obtains it by taking it from some external source. According to the classical dichotomy, it is a technology not of production but of acquisition.

Keywords:   Greeks, slavery, power, slave labor, manhunting, manhunts, acquisition

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