The Political Dimensions of Aristotle's Ethics
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A study in the best tradition of classical scholarship, showing mastery of commentary and scholarship in eight languages, this book argues that the Ethics is integral to a series of politically oriented philosophical addresses aimed at morally mature political leaders. Bodeus's critical review of the major approaches to Aristotle's texts is an excellent introduction to the subject.
Richard Bodeus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montreal. He is author of Politique et philosophie chez Aristote. Jan Garrett is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University.
"By renewing, with an economy of means and a rare discretion, our reading of an entire panorama of Aristotelianism, The Political Dimensions of Aristotle's Ethics seems to me to be epoch-making in current Aristotelian studies. The astonishing originality of Bodeus's text begins by taking the form of a reassembly: like those dismembered mythic heroes whose parts rearrange themselves of their own accord, the territories hitherto disjoined of the ethical and political continent of Aristotle organized themselves into a system--into an assemblage that makes sense. Hence the strange impression, not of deja-vu, for the originality of Bodeus's work is incontestable, but of astonishment that no one had previously defended the theses he proposes.
"Bodeus provides answers to questions too enormous to have been posed clearly before: For whom did Aristotle write his ethical and political treatises? For Aristotle, it was essential that legislators be developed who would endow the state, no matter what its geographical, political, or social location, with excellent laws that would spread virtue, and thus happiness, in society. The philosopher concerned with ethics and politics thus found that he had been assigned a new task, but one perfectly in agreement with the expectations of the Greeks of his time. Bodeus has produced a great book. After him many opinions about Aristotelian practical philosophy, and consequently also about the very structure of Aristotelianism, have become unsustainable." -- Pierre Pellegrin