David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Ethics 1 (4):325-340 (1997)
It is often held that according to Aristotle the city is a natural organism. One major reason for this organic interpretation is no doubt that Aristotle describes the relationship between the individual and the city as a part-whole relationship, seemingly the same relationship that holds between the parts of a natural organism and the organism itself. Moreover, some scholars (most notably Jonathan Barnes) believe this view of the city led Aristotle to accept an implicit totalitarianism. I argue, however, that an investigation of the various ways Aristotle describes parts and wholes reveals that for Aristotle the city has a unity (and thus a nature) quite different from that of a natural organism.
|Keywords||Aristotle part whole unity politics totalitarianism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Salkever (2007). Whose Prayer? The Best Regime of Book 7 and the Lessons of Aristotle's "Politics". Political Theory 35 (1):29 - 46.
Devin Henry (2006). Aristotle on the Mechanisms of Inheritance. Journal of the History of Biology 39 (3):425-455.
Allan Gotthelf & James G. Lennox (eds.) (1987). Philosophical Issues in Aristotle's Biology. Cambridge University Press.
Christopher E. Cosans (1998). Aristotle's Anatomical Philosophy of Nature. Biology and Philosophy 13 (3):311-339.
Nicholas White (2005). Aristoteles Und Wittgenstein: Ihre Gemeinsame Kritik an Platons Auffassung Praktischer Vernunft. Grazer Philosophische Studien 68 (1):163-174.
David Keyt (2007). The Good Man and the Upright Citizen in Aristotle's Ethics and Politics. Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (2):220-240.
Robert Gallagher (2011). Aristotle's Peirastic Treatment of the Republic. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 93 (1):1-23.
Kevin M. Cherry (2012). Plato, Aristotle and the Purpose of Politics. Cambridge University Press.
Fred Dycus Miller (1995). Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle's Politics. Oxford University Press.
Mohan Matthen (2009). Why Does Earth Move to the Center? An Examination of Some Explanatory Strategies in Aristotle's Cosmology. In Alan C. Bowen & Christian Wildberg (eds.), New Perspectives on Aristotle's De Caelo. Brill. 1--119.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads30 ( #69,718 of 1,692,743 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #75,942 of 1,692,743 )
How can I increase my downloads?