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Title The State as a Community in Aristotle's 'Politics'

In this paper, I argue that Aristotle shows great but limited insight into the basis of political communities. As Aristotle claims, it suffices for a community that it shares a conception of good and bad and right and wrong and is organized by a ‘leading principle’ for the purpose of creating and sharing wealth. However, Aristotle fails to provide necessary conditions for community since he relies so heavily on the forms of collective agency that he found in the Ancient Greek world for his conception of community as an ongoing collective living of a shared way of life, from one generation to the next. I argue that Aristotle’s conception of community does not leave enough room for pluralism in ideas of good and bad and for forms of collective living that are consistent with equality.

Primary author
Ian Hunt