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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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People as Political Animals

People as Political Animals

(p.214) Conclusion People as Political Animals
Aristotle's Politics

Eugene Garver

University of Chicago Press

This chapter concludes the discussion of the problems in Aristotle's Politics by pointing to five themes that run through the treatise as ever-deepening ways of understanding how people are political animals. Each theme is a different way of exploring the complex interrelations between ethics and politics, between living well and living together. These five themes are also ways of connecting Aristotle's political problems to our own. It has been argued that there is a crucial shift in modernity from war to commerce, and a contemporary alternative to political animals could be citizens as holders of rights protected by the state so that they can live private lives. If people are political animals, then Aristotelian politics is more comprehensive than modern politics. The thesis that people are political animals, elaborated in the Politics, stands as a challenge to contemporary ways of thinking and living.

Keywords:   political animals, ethics, politics, modernity, rights

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