Aristotle Political Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0198782004
ISBN-13: 9780198782001
Edition: 2002
Authors: Richard Kraut
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

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.

Abbreviations
Aristotle's Political World and Writings
Prolegomenon to Aristotle's Ethics: Against Subjectivism
Well-Being and Virtue
Justice in the Nicomachean Ethics
Introduction to the Politics
Politics VII and VIII: The Ideal Polis
Politics I: Nature, Political Animals, and Civic Priority
Politics I: Slavery
Politics II: Family, Property, and Civic Unity
Politics III: Citizenship, Stability, and Obedience
Politics III: Correct Constitutions and the Common Good
Politics IV-VI: Non-Ideal Constitutions
Final Thoughts
References
Index Locorum
General Index

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