A Democracy of Distinction: Aristotle and the Work of by Jill Frank

By Jill Frank

Supplying an historical 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 glossy. involved specially 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 backward and forward among Aristotle's writings and modern felony and political concept, Frank breathes new existence into our conceptions of estate, justice, and legislations by way of viewing them not just as associations yet as dynamic actions in addition. Frank's cutting 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 rules and practices. A Democracy of contrast may be of large price to classicists, political scientists, and an individual drawn to revitalizing democratic idea and practice.

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5), but the potential to act well lies 48. Williams, Ethics and the Limits ofPhilosophy, p.

Without hierarchy, there can be no political association. Political association also depends on the freedom of its members, and so a second hierarchy is necessary, one that distinguishes free from unfree ( Pol. 1255b18 -19) . In Aristotle's account, this second hierarchy is secured by slavery, which is necessary to free masters from meeting their daily needs so that they can, as rulers or citizens, practice politics ( and philosophy) ( Pol. 1255b35 - 3 8 ) . To those who pair nature with necessity, Politics I i s about this second hierarchy only; the rest of the Politics is concerned with the first hierarchy, the one within a political association, between rulers and ruled.

For discussion of the interpretative controversies regarding this example, see Manville, Origins of Citizenship, pp. 173 - 209, esp. p. 191. 2; Politics 1319b19 -27. 24 CHAPTER ONE polity's institutions do not make that activity irrelevant but rather supervene upon or guide it ( Pol. 1258a22-23 ) . Indeed, it is impossible to understand a citizen's identity without taking into account the ways in which it has been shaped by these institutions. 23 Citizen identity is, then, a product of making and doing, where do­ ing is a kind of self-making (by sharing in the constitution, I make myself a citizen) and making, as guided shaping by laws, education, and other institutions, entails citizen doing.

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