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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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Aristotle’s Politics

Aristotle’s Politics

Living Well and Living Together

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(p.1) Introduction Aristotle’s Politics
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Aristotle's Politics
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Eugene Garver

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226284040.003.0001

This book comprises six chapters that endeavor to make sense of the relations among political philosophy, the practical wisdom of the statesman, and political action. Each chapter focuses on a problem that animates a book of the Politics and raises the question of what it means for people to be political animals. They show how political philosophy can be practical. This introduction notes specific problems the text finds at the center of Aristotle's argument in each book, considers a passage in the middle of the treatise that systematically articulates the ambiguity in the idea of a best constitution, and finally, presents a preliminary statement about the complex interrelations between ethics and politics. It concludes with the book's picture of how understanding the Politics can tell us something about politics itself.

Keywords:   political philosophy, statesman, political action, best constitution, ethics, politics

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