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

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

by Robert C. Bartlett
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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“This book is distinguished from other books sensitive to the connection between Aristotle’s Ethics and his Politics in two regards. First, it is a collection of essays by scholars representative of different schools of thought and not a sustained argument by an individual. More important, it bridges the gap between Aristotle’s closely linked works. It proposes neither a politically informed reading of the Ethics nor an ethically informed reading of the Politics; it brings the two together in an exceedingly fruitful way, treating them as a single, extended argument.” — Paul A. Rahe, University of Tulsa

“This book not only contains a set of first-rate essays on Aristotle, but it also supplies the context in which readers can be convinced that Aristotle, after several centuries, is once again relevant and useful. If I were looking for one book that would make clear why Aristotle has come back into favor, and what might be done with his thought, this would be it.” — Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791442517
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Ancient Greek Philosophy Series
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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