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Ethics and Politics of Aristotle

Croatian Philosophical Society
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  • Etika
  • Politika
  • Aristotel
  • Zajedničko Dobro: Politička Zajednica
  • Philosophia Anthropina
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • Aristotle
  • Common Good
  • Political Community
  • Philosophia Anthropina
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science


The "technicalized" politics, and in that context the oblivion of the concept of good as man’s good life, urges the reappraisal of the concept of the political, resulting in the questioning of its essence. In that sense the ancient-Greek perception of politics appears crucial in the quest for the answer. Aristotle’s practical philosophy as a union of ethics, economics and politics manifests itself in its fullness precisely as philosophia anthropina – philosophy about human matters. In such a context politics remains the expression of human nature, significantly rooted in the entirety of human life as a path or way towards the realization of his highest aspirations. Being such, it is unbreakably bonded with its purpose – the common good of citizens, the state acting as the political community based on the principles of freedom and righteousness. Such particularity of the concept of politics within its link to ethics and its practical meaning for man can survive only through confronting the oblivion of its original meaning.

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