Aristotle on Political Community

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 11, 2016 - Philosophy
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Aristotle's claims that 'man is a political animal' and that political community 'exists for the sake of living well' have frequently been celebrated by thinkers of divergent political persuasions. The details of his political philosophy, however, have often been regarded as outmoded, contradictory, or pernicious. This book takes on the major problems that arise in attempting to understand how the central pieces of Aristotle's political thought fit together: can a conception of politics that seems fundamentally inclusive and egalitarian be reconciled with a vision of justice that seems uncompromisingly hierarchical and authoritarian? Riesbeck argues that Aristotle's ideas about the distinctive nature and value of political community, political authority, and political participation are coherent and consistent with his aristocratic standards of justice. The result is a theory that, while not free of problems, remains a potentially fruitful resource for contemporary thinking about the persistent problems of political life.
 

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Contents

Paradoxes of Monarchy
24
Community Friendship and Justice
45
From the Household to the City
104
Rule and Justice in the Household and the City
150
Citizenship Constitutions and Political Justice
192
Kingship as Political Rule and Political Community
236
Ruling and Being Ruled
288
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Index
305
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David J. Riesbeck earned his PhD from the Joint Classics and Philosophy Graduate Program in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. He has taught at the University of Texas, Dartmouth College and Rice University. His articles and reviews have appeared in Ancient Philosophy, Apeiron, the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Quarterly, Phoenix and Reason Papers.

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