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Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics

Fred D. Miller


Argues that nature, justice, and rights are central to Aristotle's political thought. Challenges the widely held view that the concept of rights is alien to Aristotle, arguing that his theory of justice supports claims of individual rights, which are political and based in nature. Begins with an examination of three main elements in Aristotle's political theory: nature, justice, and rights. The discussion of Aristotle's political naturalism seeks to show how Aristotle can consistently argue that the polis (city‐state) exists by nature and yet is, in a way, the product of human reason. The disc ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, citizenship, constitution, individualism, justice, nature, perfectionism, politics, rights, state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019823726X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred D. Miller, author
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
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