Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political by Robert C. Bartlett

By Robert C. Bartlett

This wide-ranging choice of essays by way of eu and American students offers probably the most attention-grabbing and significant paintings now being performed at the political philosophy of Aristotle. half One investigates what's arguably the main pressing and arguable query of shock to scholars of Aristotle this day, specifically, the potential for grounding ethical and political motion in a few model of Aristotelian rationalism. half considers a sequence of particular questions bobbing up from the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics, between that are Aristotle's knowing of ethical advantage; the matter of evil; justice, and the very proposal of "common good," friendship; the prestige of the philosophic lifestyles vis-a-vis the political; and the outlines of the absolute best political neighborhood.

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For an overall reconstruction of the debate, I take the liberty of referring to my article: "La rinascica della filosofia pratica in Germania'', in Filosofia pratica e scienza politica, ed. C. Pacchiani (Abano and Padua, 1 980), 1 1-97. For an analysis of certain particular aspects [of the debate] , c£ A. Da Re, L'etica tra felicita e dovere. L'attuale dibattito sulfa filosofia pratica (Bologna, 1 986) ; L. Corte/la, Aristotele e la razionalita de/la prassi. Una analisi def dibattito sulfa filosofia pratica aristotelica in Germania (Rome, 1 987) .

Bue it is also a danger chat lies dormant in the pros­ perous institutions of the modern social and welfare state, institutions that have made the consumer king and in which the political apathy of the lonely masses has long been apparent. "12 The important figures of the republic, mayor and council, become the easy prey of hungry wandering rats, and Heinrich Heine in his late poem on the "social question" did not shrink from pointing out the consequences and mocking classical republicanism: There are two kinds of rat: One hungry and one fat.

Habermas writes: Classical natural right is a theory dependent on world views. It was still quite clear to Christian Wolff at the end of the eighteenth cen­ tury that practical philosophy "presupposes in all its doctrines ontol­ ogy, natural psychology, cosmology, theology, and thus the whole of metaphysics. " The ethics and politics of Aristotle are unthinkable without the connection to physics and metaphysics, in which the basic concepts of form, substance, act, potency, final cause, and so forth are developed.

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