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Contains 34 essays from prime students in background, classics, philosophy, and political technological know-how to light up Greek and Roman political idea in all its variety and depth.

• deals a vast survey of historic political notion from Archaic Greece via past due Antiquity
• techniques historical political philosophy from either a normative and ancient focus
• Examines Greek and Roman political proposal inside old context and modern debate
• Explores the function of historical political idea in a variety of philosophies, akin to the person and group, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

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13 In a similar vein D. 018 21/08/2003 12:34 PM Page 42 42 Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction conception of the contemplative aspect of the human ergon as a grand end or dominant aim, in this sense. But what of Aristotle’s conception of the social aspect of the human ergon, the practical or political life of living in society with one’s fellows? Broadie does not believe that Aristotle really conceives of the correct exercise of practical rationality – that is, of eupraxia, which may be translated as ‘successful practical activity’ – as being directed toward any grand end.

018 21/08/2003 12:28 PM Page 32 32 Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction harmony has much to do with justice in the more usual political or social sense. However, it also seems that only the philosopher- or rulertype of person is capable of achieving this internal order that Plato identifies with ‘justice’ in the individual. For those who are not ruler-types, it appears that this order, this discipline, would need to be imposed from without. But Plato never really addresses the issue of whether such an internal state or disposition could be externally imposed.

The republic can further the rationality of these citizens only in a quite minimal and negative way. A similar problem exists for what is usually considered a central feature of the Republic’s argument on behalf of justice. Plato argues that analogous to justice in the republic, which is a matter of members of each of the three principal classes attending exclusively to the function of that class and not attempting to interfere with the functions of the other classes, is justice within the individual person’s psychê or soul.

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