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R20. Anonymus

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This chapter presents a dispute over what constitutes true nobility; the dispute was judged by Peter and Thaddaeus. The first speaker defended hereditary nobility. He explains that all equal men perish but some have endeavored to gain the former, nobler state of humanity again. Nobles would have to be large, strong and powerful and these characteristics they could pass on to their offspring as heir. According to the second speaker, the nobles become noble by their own ability. The argument of subordination of the philosophers to the kings, as presented by the first speaker, is a question of virtue and not a necessity, for the kings needed their help. The second speaker also argues that heritability of body size and strength can be matched by experience. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: ability; Anonymus R20; efficiency; hereditary nobility

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