Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle

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This wide-ranging collection of essays by European and American scholars presents some of the most interesting and important work now being done on the political philosophy of Aristotle. Part One investigates what is arguably the most urgent and controversial question of concern to students of Aristotle today, namely, the possibility of grounding moral and political action in some version of Aristotelian rationalism. Part Two considers a series of specific questions arising from the Politics and the Nicomachean ...
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This wide-ranging collection of essays by European and American scholars presents some of the most interesting and important work now being done on the political philosophy of Aristotle. Part One investigates what is arguably the most urgent and controversial question of concern to students of Aristotle today, namely, the possibility of grounding moral and political action in some version of Aristotelian rationalism. Part Two considers a series of specific questions arising from the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics, among which are Aristotle's understanding of moral virtue; the problem of evil; justice, and the very idea of "common good," friendship; the status of the philosophic life vis-a-vis the political; and the outlines of the best possible political community.
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European and American scholars survey the work that is currently being done on the political philosophy of Aristotle. Five essays consider the possibility of grounding moral and political action on some version of his rationalism. Nine additional essays look at specific questions arising from the and the . They include the ambitions of Aristotle's audience and the activist ideal of happiness, moral virtues, evil, friendship and self- love, Socrates, and community and conflict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. 1 Aristotle Today: Relativism and the Possibility of Rational Moral Judgment
Ch. 1 The Rehabilitation of Practical Philosophy and Neo-Aristotelianism 3
Ch. 2 The Modern Form of the Classical Republic: The Repression of the Judeo-Christian Heritage in Hannah Arendt's Attempt to Renew the Aristotelian Concept of Politics 27
Ch. 3 Do We Need a Philosophical Ethics? Theory, Prudence, and the Primacy of Ethos 37
Ch. 4 Aristotle and the Ethic of Imperatives 53
Ch. 5 The Naturai Foundations of Right and Aristotelian Philosophy 69
Pt. 2 Issues in the Nicomachean Ethics and Politics
Ch. 6 The Ambitions of Aristotle's Audience and the Activist Ideal of Happiness 107
Ch. 7 The Moral Virtues in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 131
Ch. 8 Aristotle on the Question of Evil 159
Ch. 9 Friendship and Self-Love in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 171
Ch. 10 Socrates in Aristotle's "Philosophy of Human Affairs" 203
Ch. 11 Aristotle on Nature, Human Nature, and Justice: A Consideration of the Natural Functions of Men and Women in the City 225
Ch. 12 Aristotle and Thrasymachus on the Common Good 249
Ch. 13 Community and Conflict in Aristotle's Political Philosophy 273
Ch. 14 The "Realism" of Classical Political Science: An Introduction to Aristotle's Best Regime 293
List of Contributors 315
Index 319
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