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Aristotle’s Practical Philosophy

On the Relationship between His Ethics and Politics

Editors: Cohen de Lara, Emma, Brouwer, René (Eds.)

  • First edited volume to systematically reflect on the relationship between Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics
  • Critically reflects on the coherence of Aristotle’s thinking about ethics and politics
  • Argues that renewed reflection is necessary in order to provide a more thorough understanding of how ethics relates to politics for Aristotle
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This book is the first collection of essays in English devoted solely to the relationship between Aristotle’s ethics and politics. Are ethics and politics two separate spheres of action or are they unified? Those who support the unity-thesis emphasize the centrality for Aristotle of questions about the good life and the common good as the purpose of politics. Those who defend the separation-thesis stress Aristotle’s sense of realism in understanding the need for political solutions to human shortcomings. But is this all there is to it? The contributors to this volume explore and develop different arguments and interpretative frameworks that help to make sense of the relationship between Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics. The chapters loosely follow the order of the Nicomachean Ethics in examining topics such as political science, statesmanship and magnanimity, justice, practical wisdom, friendship, and the relationship between the active and the contemplative life. They have in common an appreciation of the relevance of Aristotle’s writings, which offer the modern reader distinct philosophical perspectives on the relationship between ethics and politics. 

About the authors

Emma Cohen de Lara (PhD University of Notre Dame) is research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and senior lecturer in political theory at Amsterdam University College. Her current research focuses on Aristotle’s political realism. Her publications include: ‘Aristotle’s Rhetoric and the Persistence of the Emotions in the Courtroom’ in: Huppes-Cluysenaer, L. and N. Coelho,  (eds.), Aristotle Law and Emotion (Springer, forthcoming) and ‘The Affective Dimension of Citizenship: A Platonic Account’ in: Thunder, D. (ed.), The Ethics of Citizenship in the 21st Century (Springer, forthcoming). She has also edited a volume on liberal education Back to the Core: Rethinking Core Texts in Liberal Arts and Science Education in Europe (Vernon Press, forthcoming).
René Brouwer (PhD Cambridge, MPhil Utrecht, LLM Amsterdam) teaches philosophy and law at the University of Utrecht. He has worked in the philosophy and history of law as well as in ancient philosophy, with focus on Stoicism, including its origins and reception, and the tradition of natural law. Recent publications include: The Stoic Sage (CUP, 2014), ‘Stoic Sympathy’ in: Schliesser, E. (ed.), Sympathy (Oxford Philosophical Concepts), New York 2015, pp. 15-35, ‘Ulpian’s Appeal to Nature: Roman Law as Universal Law’, Legal History Review 83 (2015), pp. 60-76. His current research is on the interaction between law and philosophy in the late Roman republic as well as on conceptions of justice in antiquity.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Cohen de Lara, Emma (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Aristotle’s Politics: Ethical Politics or Political Realism?

    Cohen de Lara, Emma

    Pages 13-33

  • Aristotle’s Politikos: Statesmanship, Magnanimity, and the Rule of the Many

    Overeem, Patrick

    Pages 35-49

  • Justice in Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics

    Brouwer, René

    Pages 51-64

  • A Distinction with a Difference: Aristotle’s Division of Particular Justice and Its Practical Significance

    Poama, Andrei

    Pages 65-91

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aristotle’s Practical Philosophy
Book Subtitle
On the Relationship between His Ethics and Politics
Editors
  • Emma Cohen de Lara
  • René Brouwer
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64825-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64825-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64824-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87881-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 194
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