The Problems of a Political Animal: Community, Justice, and Conflict in Aristotelian Political Thought

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University of California Press, 9 de ago de 1993 - 320 páginas
A bold new interpretation of Aristotelian thought is central to Bernard Yack's provocative new book. He shows that for Aristotle, community is a conflict-ridden fact of everyday life, as well as an ideal of social harmony and integration. From political justice and the rule of law to class struggle and moral conflict, Yack maintains that Aristotle intended to explain the conditions of everyday political life, not just, as most commentators assume, to represent the hypothetical achievements of an idealistic "best regime."

By showing how Aristotelian ideas can provide new insight into our own political life, Yack makes a valuable contribution to contemporary discourse and debate. His work will excite interest among a wide range of social, moral, and political theorists.
 

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Introduction
1
POLITICAL COMMUNITY AS A TERM OF DISTINCTION
6
DISTORTED IMAGES OF ARISTOTELIAN POLITICS
10
INTERPRETIVE APPROACHES
18
Community
25
THE COMMUNAL ANIMAL
27
THE FORMS OF FRIENDSHIP AND JUSTICE
33
ARISTOTELIAN COMMUNITY AND MODERN SOCIAL THEORY
43
GENERAL AND DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
157
A POLITICAL CONCEPTION OF THE COMMON GOOD
166
The Rule of Law
175
WHAT IS LAW?
178
ADJUDICATION
184
A POLITICAL CONCEPTION OF THE RULE OF LAW
194
Class Conflict and the Mixed Regime
209
CLASS CONFLICT IN ANCIENT GREECE
210

Political Community
51
THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF POLITICAL COMMUNITY
53
THE POLITICAL ANIMAL
62
THE ANCIENT POLIS AND MODERN POLITICAL COMMUNITIES
71
MONARCHY AND POLITICAL COMMUNITY
85
Political Teleology
88
THE NATURALNESS OF THE POLIS
90
POLITICS AND THE GOOD LIFE
96
AN ANTHROPOCENTRIC UNIVERSE?
100
THE GOOD LIFE IN IMPERFECT POLITICAL COMMUNITIES
102
Political Friendship
109
NEITHER BROTHERS NOR COMRADES
110
THE DANGERS OF POLITICAL INTIMACY
118
POLITICAL FRIENDSHIP AND THE INCONVENIENCES OF POLITICAL LIFE
122
Political Justice
128
POLITICAL JUSTICE AND RECIPROCITY
133
NATURAL AND CONVENTIONAL RIGHT
140
THE SUBJECT OF JUSTICE
149
A POLITICAL UNDERSTANDING OF CLASS CONFLICT
215
PERCEIVED INJUSTICE AND CLASS INTERESTS
218
POLITICAL FRIENDS CLASS ENEMIES
224
THE MIXED REGIME AND POLITICAL JUSTICE
231
POLITICAL REVOLUTION A MISSING ARISTOTELIAN CATEGORY
239
The Good Life in Political Context
242
MORAL CHARACTER IN POLITICAL CONTEXT
243
MISFORTUNE AND THE ASYMMETRY BETWEEN PRAISE AND BLAME
251
MORAL CONFLICT IN POLITICAL CONTEXT
259
The Good Life in Extrapolitical Context
268
HOW GOOD IS THE ARISTOTELIAN GOOD LIFE?
269
THE TENSIONS WITHIN A GOOD HUMAN LIFE
277
Conclusion
281
Bibliography
285
Index of Citations from Aristotles Works
301
General Index
305
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Bernard Yack is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of The Longing for Total Revolution: Philosophic Sources of Social Discontent from Rousseau to Marx and Nietzsche (1986).

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