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Classical Athens

Vic George

in Major thinkers in welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.003.0001
Classical Athens

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This chapter talks about two contrasting approaches to human welfare. The first is the proposals of Plato for a communitarian society, which is evident in his books The Laws and The Republic. The second is the ideas of Aristotle for an enlightened and modestly interfering state, which are stated in his books Ethics and The Politics. It is emphasized that the ideas of Plato and Aristotle on human welfare refer to small city-states, and not to large nation states. The chapter also assesses their views with a degree of historical empathy.

Keywords: communitarian society; enlightened state; Plato; Aristotle; human welfare

Chapter.  9425 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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