Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics

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Clarendon Press, Jun 1, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 424 pages
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This is a comprehensive study of Aristotle's Politics, which argues that nature, justice, and rights are central to Aristotle's political thought. It sheds new light on his relation to moden natural rights theorists such as Hobbes and Locke, as well as the contemporary liberalism-communitarianism debate. It will be of value to philosophers, political scientists, classical scholars, and anyone interested in the theoretical foundations of human rights. - ;This is a comprehensive study of Aristotle's Politics, which argues that nature, justice, and rights are central to Aristotle's political thought. Fred Miller challenges the widely held view that the concept of rights is alien to Aristotle's thought, and marshals evidence for talk of rights in Aristotle's writings. He argues further that Aristotle's theory of justice supports claims of individual rights, which are political and based in nature. Professor Miller also 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 the rulers). Aristotle's treatments of revolution and property rights are also covered, and the major presuppositions of his political theory are critically examined and related to contemporary issues including the liberalism-communitarianism debate. This stimulating treatment of the Politics sheds new light on Aristotle's relation to modern political philosophy. It will be of value to philosophers, political scientists, classical scholars, and anyone interested in the theoretical foundations of human rights. - ;A timely clarification of Aristotle's political philosophy ... Miller provides a closely reasoned scrutiny of the contents of the Politics ... This book is an impressive contribution not only to Aristotelian studies, but to political science at large. - Times Higher Education Supplement;There is detailed and helpful discussion here of many aspects of the Politics. - Phronesis

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