Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotles Politics

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byFred D. Miller

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In this landmark study of Aristotle's Politics Fred Miller argues that nature, justice, and rights are central to Aristotle's political thought. Miller challenges the widely held view that the concept of rights is alien to Aristotle's thought, and marshalls evidence for talk of rights inAristotle's writings, arguing further that Aristotle's theory of justice supports claims of individual rights, which are political and based in nature. He also considers the relation of Aristotles politics to other parts of philosophy, in particular to the teleological view of nature in the Physicsand the theory of justice in the Nicomachean Ethics. Professor Miller examines in detail the constitutional applications of Aristotle's theory, including the correct constitutions of kingship, aristocracy, and polity (based in the common advantage), and the deviant constitutions of democracy, oligarchy, and tyranny (based in the advantage of therulers). Arisototle's treatments of revolution and property rights are also covered, and the major presuppositions of his political theory are critically examined and related to current issues including the liberalism-communitarianism debate. This stimulating treatment of the Politics sheds new light on Aristotle's relation to modern political philosophy, in particular to natural rights theorists such as Hobbes and Locke. It will be of value to philosophers, political scientists, classical scholars, and anyone interested in thetheoretical foundations of human rights.

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In this landmark study of Aristotle's Politics Fred Miller argues that nature, justice, and rights are central to Aristotle's political thought. Miller challenges the widely held view that the concept of rights is alien to Aristotle's thought, and marshalls evidence for talk of rights inAristotle's writings, arguing further that Aristo...

Fred D. Miller, Jr., has been a member of the philosophy department at Bowling Green State University since 1972, and has been Executive Director of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center there since 1981. He is the Associate Editor of Social Philosophy and Policy and Assistant Editor of the Philosopher's Index. He has held research ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:442 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019823726X

ISBN - 13:9780198237266

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Argument of Aristotle's PoliticsPart I: Political Theory2. Nature and Politics3. Justice4. Rights.Part II: Constitutional Applications5. Constitutions and Political Rights6. The Best Constitution7. The Second-Best Constitution8. Deviant Constitutions9. Property RightsConclusion10. Aristotle's Politics ReconsideredBibliographyIndexes

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'Splendid . . . Miller has made a great contribution to our understanding of the Politics' Richard Kraut, Review of Metaphysics