Aristotle: Political Philosophy

Paperback | January 15, 2002

byRichard Kraut

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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 ofeudaimonia 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, thedefence 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 conceptionsof 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 goodis rarely, if ever, achieved.

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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 ofeudaimonia and excellent activity. He offers...

Richard Kraut is Morrison Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, US

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198782004

ISBN - 13:9780198782001

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Table of Contents

Part I1. Aristotle's Political World and Writings2. Prolegomenon to Aristotle's Ethics: Against Subjectivism3. Well-Being and Virtue4. Justice in the Nicomachean EthicsPart II5. Introduction to the Politics6. Politics VII-VIII: The Ideal Polis7. Politics I: Nature, Political Animals, and Civic Priority8. Politics I: Slavery9. Politics II: Family, Property, and Civic Unity10. Politics III: Citizenship, Stability, and Obedience11. Politics III: Correct Constitutions and the Common Good12. Politics IV-VI: Non-Ideal Constitutions13. Final ThoughtsReferences , Index of Passages, General Index

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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