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By Robert C. Bartlett

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This wide-ranging number of essays by means of eu and American students provides one of the most attention-grabbing and significant paintings now being performed at the political philosophy of Aristotle. half One investigates what's arguably the main pressing and debatable query of outrage to scholars of Aristotle this present day, particularly, the potential for grounding ethical and political motion in a few model of Aristotelian rationalism. half considers a sequence of particular questions coming up from the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics, between that are Aristotle's knowing of ethical advantage; the matter of evil; justice, and the very suggestion of "common good," friendship; the prestige of the philosophic lifestyles vis-a-vis the political; and the outlines of the absolute best political group.

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38. EN, 1 1 . 5 , l 1 06b26-3 1 . 39. EN, Vl . 5 , l 1 40b28-30. 40. On this point, Gadamer has given fundamental indications in the chapter of Wahrheit und Methode quoted above, which he obviously borrowed from the interpretation of Book VI of the Nicomachean Ethics given by the young Heidegger in his lectures (partic­ ularly in the introductory part of the course he taught at Marburg in the summer semester of 1 924) , [an interpretation] which was known to Gadamer. 4 1 . 9, l l 42a23-24. Broadly speaking, one can distinguish four strands in the history of the interpretation of this distinction: ( I ) one strand empha­ sizes the practical character ofphronesis and, by contrast, the descriptiveness of practical sci­ ence Q.

20 Public self-organization is now understood as the lawful influence on social relations of power and no longer as the exclusion of private interests. The general laws that the people decide for themselves in a fair procedure are supposed to filter the general inter­ ests out of the multiplicity of particular interests. Moreover, the laws regulate only the external relations of the citizen. Whatever is not forbidden is permit­ ted. " The Contrat Social begins with the statement that the democratic sovereign can only change the laws, not human beings.

38 Likewise, there cannot be different degrees ofphronesis, but it can exist only insofar as it is realized, insofar as it is perfect. This also implies that in techne, one attains per­ fection by exercising, and even through errors, whereas in phronesis, one does T H E R E H A B I L I TA T I O N O F P R A C T I C A L P H I L O S O P H Y 15 not learn through errors. In other words, one does not become virtuous by practicing vice. e) An additional difference is that phronesis, as Aristotle says toward the end of EN, VI .

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