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Titel: Aristotle and Modern Politics. The ...
University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, 2002. IX,438p. Paperback. Small and light purple coloured stain on upper part fore edge. Else fine. 'Rarely does the grasp of a book effectively match its reach; rarer still is the book that, in doing so, instantly places itself among the scholarly standard in its field. Such ist he quality of the present work. Edited by Aristide Tessitore, this eclectic collection of essays serves to illustrate the ways in which the perceived shortcomings of modern liberal politics can be understood, if not corrected, with reference to several of Aristotle?s writings. This achievement cannot be overstated: that Aristotle is important, albeit historically, is unassailable; that he is still relevant is the genius of this book. The success of this book is due, in large part, to its dialectical character, Tessitore tell us in his introduction that the book is animated by two related themes: that there has been a renaissance in modern Aristotelian scholarship, and that modern political discours is the product of perennial questions and dilemmas to which Aristotle may possess some insight. Put together they constitute the foundations by which such a variety of authors with widely varied approaches might fit beneath the same situational umbrella.? (JEREMY J. MHIRE in International Journal of Classical Tradition, 2005, p.490). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33486
Inhaltsangabe: Despite the separation between classical and modern theories of government, contributors to Aristotle and Modern Politics find Aristotle a useful interlocutor for assessing both possibilities and limitations in contemporary politics. In this collection, noted political scientists, theologians, and philosophers discuss the magnitude of Aristotle's presence in contemporary debate and demonstrate some of the ways in which Aristotle sheds new light on contemporary problems. This engaging book also exhibits the persistence of political philosophy at a time when the pervasive influence of "ideology" and "historicism" lead many to deny its possibility. Although the authors of these essays differ on the nature of Aristotle's contribution, all are united by the conviction that he has something important to teach citizens of modern political societies. If the fundamental principles of modern politics were drawn from critical reflections of reason over and against the imposition of authority under its various guises, modern politics can best sustain itself by nurturing the critical attitude that initially brought it into being. Paradoxically, serious engagement with the "preliberal" thought of Aristotle can render contemporary debate more fruitful by bringing to light subtle limitations in the political discourse of any era, including our own. If the modern understanding of freedom is primarily freedom to speak and think for oneself, the essays in Aristotle and Modern Politics exhibit the persistence of political philosophy by thinking beyond limits often constricting contemporary paradigms.
Über den Autor: ARISTIDE TESSITORE is an associate professor of political science at Furman University.
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