The Political Animal: Biology, Ethics, and Politics

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 207 pages
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People, as Aristotle said, are political animals. Mainstream political philosophy, however, has largely neglected humankind's animal nature as beings who are naturally equipped, and inclined, to reason and work together, create social bonds and care for their young. Stephen Clark, grounded in biological analysis and traditional ethics, probes into areas ignored in mainstream political theory and argues for the significance of social bonds which bypass or transcend state authority.
Understanding the ties that bind us reveals how enormously capable we are in achieving civil order as a species. Stephen Clark advocates that a properly informed political philosophy must take into account the role of women, children, animals, minorities and the domestic virtues at large. Living and comnducting our political lives like the animals we are is a more congenial prospect than is usually supposed.
  

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Contents

Aristotles woman
11
Slaves and citizens
23
Is humanity a natural kind?
40
Children and the mammalian order
59
Anarchists against the revolution
75
Bioregional environmentalism and the humanistic culture
92
Good and bad ethology and the decent polis
108
Apes and the idea of kindred
123
Herds of free bipeds
134
Enlarging the community
155
Nations and empires
167
References
185
Publications by Stephen RL Clark
193
Index
200
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Clark is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.

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