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The Argument of Aristotle's Politics

Fred D. Miller

in Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237266
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019823726X.003.0001
The Argument of Aristotle's Politics

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Describes Aristotle's life and historical context. Discusses the place of politics––the science of the polis (city‐state)––within Aristotle's taxonomy of science and of virtue. Provides an overview of Aristotle's argument, emphasizing the role of nature, justice, and rights. Describes the four main presuppositions of Aristotle's argument: natural teleology, perfectionism, community, and rulership. Also distinguishes and explains the different modes of interpretation employed in this book and in other works on the history of political thought.

Keywords: Aristotle; interpretation; justice; nature; perfectionism; politics; rights; science; teleology; virtue

Chapter.  9440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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