Two functions of Aristotle's common advantage

Duke, George 2016, Two functions of Aristotle's common advantage, History of political thought, vol. 37, no. 2, Summer, pp. 195-215.

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Title Two functions of Aristotle's common advantage
Author(s) Duke, GeorgeORCID iD for Duke, George
Journal name History of political thought
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Season Summer
Start page 195
End page 215
Total pages 21
Publisher Imprint Academic
Place of publication Exeter, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0143-781X
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Summary This paper identifies two distinct functions of the common advantage in Aristotle’s political thought and argues that distinguishing these functions allows for a reconciliation of the individualist and holist aspects of the Aristotelian account of the polis. I demonstrate that the Aristotelian common advantage functions both as (i) a motivating reason for individuals to enter the polis and (ii) a normative reason — the political good of justice — that provides a criterion for an assessment of the correctness of constitutions (politeiai). The two functions of the common advantage are, I suggest, reconcilable insofar as the Aristotelian polis is best understood as a unity of order rather than a mere aggregation of individual citizens or an organic whole.
Language eng
Field of Research 220210 History of Philosophy
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
1606 Political Science
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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