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Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics$
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Fred D. Miller

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198237266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019823726X.001.0001

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The Argument of Aristotle's Politics

The Argument of Aristotle's Politics

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(p.3) 1 The Argument of Aristotle's Politics
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Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics
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Fred D. Miller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019823726X.003.0001

Describes Aristotle's life and historical context. Discusses the place of politics––the science of the polis (city‐state)––within Aristotle's taxonomy of science and of virtue. Provides an overview of Aristotle's argument, emphasizing the role of nature, justice, and rights. Describes the four main presuppositions of Aristotle's argument: natural teleology, perfectionism, community, and rulership. Also distinguishes and explains the different modes of interpretation employed in this book and in other works on the history of political thought.

Keywords:   Aristotle, interpretation, justice, nature, perfectionism, politics, rights, science, teleology, virtue

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