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By Jill Frank

ISBN-10: 0226260186

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Delivering an historic schooling for our occasions, Jill Frank's A Democracy of contrast translates Aristotle's writings in a fashion that reimagines the rules, goals, and practices of politics, historical and sleek. involved in particular with the paintings of constructing a democracy of contrast, Frank exhibits that this type of democracy calls for freedom and equality accomplished throughout the workout of virtue.
Moving from side to side among Aristotle's writings and modern criminal and political concept, Frank breathes new existence into our conceptions of estate, justice, and legislation by means of viewing them not just as associations yet as dynamic actions in addition. Frank's leading edge method of Aristotle stresses his appreciation of the tensions and complexities of politics in order that we'd reconsider and reorganize our personal political principles and practices. A Democracy of contrast may be of large price to classicists, political scientists, and someone attracted to revitalizing democratic conception and practice.

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3° For these reasons, those who read Aris­ totle as simply a product of his times or as merely an apologist for the institutions of his regime are mistaken. 3 1 In the light of the structural similarities between his accounts of slave and citi­ zen identity, one might expect Aristotle to draw the same conclusion in the case of slavery that he draws in the case of citizenship. If being a citizen is to be under­ stood in terms of citizen activity, then being a slave is to be understood in terms of slave activity.

He thereby divests nature of the moral authority usually granted to it, subjects to scrutiny the exclusions said to be secured by that authority, and, placing authority in those who establish the hierarchies of politics, namely, rulers and citizens, renders them accountable for those hierarchies. To see t his, consider that in Politics l, Aristotle uses language that works not only to secure nature's ability to underwrite politics but also, simultaneously, to call this ability into question: what nature wants, he says at least twice in the course of his discus­ sio n of slavery, it may fail to achieve ( Pol.

As the natality metaphor suggests, initiating actions to change ingrained habits, like giving birth, may be a difficult and arduous process involving doing and suffering ( NE moa2- 4 ) . Although "as if" irrevocable, one's character may be changed nonetheless, by acting. 5), but the potential to act well lies 48. Williams, Ethics and the Limits ofPhilosophy, p.

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