By Jill Frank
Delivering an historical schooling for our instances, Jill Frank's A Democracy of contrast translates Aristotle's writings in a fashion that reimagines the principles, goals, and practices of politics, historical and smooth. involved particularly with the paintings of creating a democracy of contrast, Frank exhibits that this kind of democracy calls for freedom and equality completed in the course of the workout of virtue.
Moving backward and forward among Aristotle's writings and modern felony and political thought, Frank breathes new lifestyles into our conceptions of estate, justice, and legislation via viewing them not just as associations yet as dynamic actions besides. Frank's cutting edge method of Aristotle stresses his appreciation of the tensions and complexities of politics in order that we'd reconsider and reorganize our personal political rules and practices. A Democracy of contrast should be of large worth to classicists, political scientists, and somebody attracted to revitalizing democratic thought and practice.
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That Aristotle parses slavery as a question of justice, which he treats as the key question for politics ( Pol. 1255a7-17) and "a question for political philosophy" ( Pol. 1282b23 ) , signals that he intends to give it careful political and philosophical consideration. 3° For these reasons, those who read Aris totle as simply a product of his times or as merely an apologist for the institutions of his regime are mistaken. 3 1 In the light of the structural similarities between his accounts of slave and citi zen identity, one might expect Aristotle to draw the same conclusion in the case of slavery that he draws in the case of citizenship.
In what sense, then, is this book about contemporary political theory and prac tice? Not in any conventional sense. It does not treat Aristotle as a conceptual fore runner of contemporary theorists of politics, justice, and rights. It does not apply his work to contemporary political problems, at least not in their specifics. It does not use him to criticize or commend any particular contemporary political prac tices. Instead, it seeks to make available his appreciation of the tensions and com plexities of the world of politics so that we might rethink and reorganize our own political ideas and practices.
416 -17. 1 4. For claims that Aristotle's account of slavery is incoherent, see Garnsey, Ideas ofSlavery, pp . 107, 125; N. " See Kraut, Aristotle: Political P hilosophy, p. 2 82, who resolves it into "clear and uncontroversial" propositions. 15 . "The general question about the nature of 'what is' . . is equivalent to the question ab o ut . ousia . a question of identity": Nussbaum, "Aristotle," p. 3 86 . That the "who is" . . 22 CHAPTER ONE be a citizen or who merits the political good of citizenship.