Aristotle's Politics Today

Edited by Lenn E. Goodman & Robert B. Talisse

Subjects: Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aristotle, Political Theory
Series: SUNY series in Ancient Greek Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791472286, 173 pages, June 2008
Hardcover : 9780791472279, 173 pages, October 2007

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Table of contents

Lenn E. Goodman and Robert B. Talisse

1. Aristotelian Statecraft and Modern Politics
Fred D. Miller, Jr.

2. Aristotle and the Liberal State
Edward C. Halper

3. Why Democrats Need the Virtues
Robert B. Talisse

4. Virtue-oriented Politics: Confucius and Aristotle
May Sim

5. The Morality of Nations: An Aristotelian Approach
Lloyd P. Gerson

6. The Revolt of the Just
Eugene Garver

7. Aristotle's Regime of the Americans
Peter L. P. Simpson

8. Aristotle's Polity Today
Lenn E. Goodman

Works Cited
Index Locorum

Examines the implications of Aristotle’s political thought for contemporary political theory.


According to Aristotle, man's essential sociality implies a distinctive conception of politics, one in which all political associations exist for the sake of the moral perfection of human beings. This stands in sharp contrast with the modern view of politics that man is not "by nature" political; rather, man chooses to create political associations for the sake of securing the protection of his life and property. Many political theorists have begun to express doubts about this modern view, calling for a return to Aristotle's vision of a politics that is deeply moral. In Aristotle's Politics Today, distinguished political philosophers representing a diversity of approaches examine the meaning, relevance, and implications of Aristotle's political thought for contemporary social and political theory. The contributors engage a broad range of topics, including Aristotle's views on constitutionalism, the extension of Aristotelian ideas to issues in international relations, the place of Aristotelian virtue in modern democratic politics, and Aristotle's conception of justice.

Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy (coedited with Heidi M. Ravven); Maimonides and His Heritage (coedited with Idit Dobbs-Weinstein and James Allen Grady); and Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought, all published by SUNY Press. Robert B. Talisse is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Vanderbilt University and the author of several books, including Democracy After Liberalism: Pragmatism and Deliberative Politics.


"…this volume is of great value for Aristotle scholars, political theorists, and anyone who hopes to participate in political reform under wise guidance rather than inchoate banner of change. " — Journal of Value Inquiry

"…the essays assembled in this volume offer original philosophic reflections on aspects of contemporary political culture from an Aristotelian perspective. " — Polis

"The contributors make interesting and original points that deserve the attention of contemporary political philosophers and political theorists. " — Nicholas Rescher, author of Philosophical Dialectics: An Essay on Metaphilosophy