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Aristotle : Political Philosophy - Richard Kraut


Political Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780198782001
Number Of Pages: 536

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This book presents a wide-ranging overview of Aristotle's political thought that makes him come alive as a philosopher who can speak to our own times. Beginning with a critique of subjectivist accounts of well-being, Kraut goes on to assess Aristotle's objective and universalistic account of eudaimonia and excellent activity. He offers a detailed interpretation of Aristotle's conception of justice in the Nicomachean Ethics, and then turns to the major themes of the Politics: the political nature of human beings, the city's priority over the individual, the justification of slavery, the defence of the family and property, the pluralistic nature of cities and the need for their unification, the distinction between good citizenship and full virtue, the value and limits of popular control over elites, the corrosive effects of poverty and wealth, the critique of democratic conceptions of freedom and equality, and the radically egalitarian institutions of the ideal society. Aristotle's political philosophy, as Kraut reads it, provides a model of the way in which a rich understanding of human well-being can guide the amelioration of a world in which agreement about the human good is rarely, if ever, achieved.

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`The work has a good bibliography, enabling readers to increase their knowledge and, where necessary, to decide to what extent the interpretation of Aristotle remains a matter of controversy.' The Philosophical Quarterly

Part I1: Aristotle's Political World and Writings 2: Prolegomenon to Aristotle's Ethics: Against Subjectivism 3: Well-Being and Virtue 4: Justice in the Nicomachean Ethics Part II 5: Introduction to the Politics 6: Politics VII-VIII: The Ideal Polis 7: Politics I: Nature, Political Animals, and Civic Priority 8: Politics I: Slavery 9: Politics II: Family, Property, and Civic Unity 10: Politics III: Citizenship, Stability, and Obedience 11: Politics III: Correct Constitutions and the Common Good 12: Politics IV-VI: Non-Ideal Constitutions 13: Final Thoughts References , Index of Passages, General Index

ISBN: 9780198782001
ISBN-10: 0198782004
Series: Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.6 x 23.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.44