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Aristotle's PoliticsLiving Well and Living Together$
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Eugene Garver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226284026

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226284040.001.0001

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The Justice of Book III and the Incompleteness of the Normative

The Justice of Book III and the Incompleteness of the Normative

(p.66) Chapter Three The Justice of Book III and the Incompleteness of the Normative
Aristotle's Politics

Eugene Garver

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses Book III and its definition of the key terms of politics, namely, polis, citizen, constitution, sovereignty, and even justice itself, with only the slightest attention to the purpose of politics and of the polis in individuals' living well. In contemporary terms, that means that this part of the Politics puts the right prior to the good. Aristotle seems to set his sights lower in Politics III, declaring that the function of citizenship is preserving the state instead of living well; any mention of the good life is strictly formal—the theses that politics is about the good life and not just life itself and that good states work for the common interest while corrupt ones aim at the good of the rulers say nothing about the content of the good life.

Keywords:   politics, polis, citizen, constitution, sovereignty, justice, citizenship, state, good life

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