By Jill Frank
Delivering an historic schooling for our occasions, Jill Frank's A Democracy of contrast translates Aristotle's writings in a manner that reimagines the rules, goals, and practices of politics, old and glossy. involved specially with the paintings of constructing a democracy of contrast, Frank exhibits that this sort of democracy calls for freedom and equality accomplished during the workout of virtue.
Moving from side to side among Aristotle's writings and modern criminal and political thought, Frank breathes new existence into our conceptions of estate, justice, and legislation via viewing them not just as associations yet as dynamic actions to boot. Frank's leading edge method of Aristotle stresses his appreciation of the tensions and complexities of politics in order that we would reconsider and reorganize our personal political rules and practices. A Democracy of contrast can be of huge price to classicists, political scientists, and an individual drawn to revitalizing democratic thought and practice.
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Additional resources for A Democracy of Distinction: Aristotle and the Work of Politics
2 Among � these readers, some find Aristotle's science of nature, which they take to underpin his ethics and politics, to be outdated, discredited, and altogether unacceptab and so reject his account of nature and the politics and ethics to which it is linke Others reject Aristotle's science of nature but remain committed to his ethics an politics, severing the latter from the former. 4 Still others see in it rich resources for his political and ethical philosophy. Of these, some endorse what they take to be his elitist exclusion of all but a few aristocratic men from participation in a politi cal life.
He is usually interpreted as maintaining that there are some, namely, certain foreigners, who (because they are natural slaves) are slaves everywhere and that there are others, namely, Greeks, who (be cause they are naturally free) are slaves nowhere. The rest of the passage, however, suggests a different reading. Aristotle is exploring the question of whether the en slavement of foreigners conquered in war is just. His answer, as we have seen, is that conquest, as a mode of force, cannot justify slavery.
Although self-contained, human activity is not invulner able to external influences. There is no carrying out one's citizenship in a vacuum. Indeed, there can be no citizen qua citizen prior to the regime of which that citizen is a part ( Pol. 1275b4 - 5 ) . For this reason, Aristotle pursues his investigation of cit izenship by asking who is a citizen of a democracy or ofan oligarchy ( Pol. 3 ) . 20 These institutions all contribute to - , question is one about nature and identity is evident from the translations of the Politics.
A Democracy of Distinction: Aristotle and the Work of Politics by Jill Frank