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By Harvey C. Mansfield

Behind the day-by-day headlines on presidential races and native elections is the idea of the polity—or what the top of our politics will be. Harvard's Harvey C. Mansfield, one in every of America's best political theorists, explains why our quest for the nice existence needs to deal with the kind of govt we search to uphold. He directs our gaze to the thinkers and philosophies and vintage works that experience proved so much influential during the ages.

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Justice and politics are displaced by chrematistics and the market in this reification of human relations. The natural law limits to wealth were viewed by Aristotle as lying in the common good along with human need and the self-sufficiency of the family and the polis. Natural law, articulated in the laws and customs of the political community, acted as the limits on the art of household management and natural growth. 20 The liberty to expand limitlessly one’s material holdings could only result in the loss of personal freedom and public happiness.

Some secondary interpreters have stressed the moral autonomy, human dignity, and moral sensitivity within Aristotle’s ethics. 6 Practical reason is not a cognitive capability or philosophical contemplation that is exercised in isolation from others, but rather a political moment of intersubjective dialogue. It is the foundation of human happiness and a democratic polity. Aristotle turns to examine the nature of virtue as both intellectual (episteme, techne, and phronesis) and moral (courage, temperance, truthfulness, friendliness, nobility, honor, and justice).

In a democracy, it will be universal among citizens, but in both an oligarchy and an aristocracy, equals will be limited by particular claims to wealth or virtue. Equals are those who participate as equal citizens in defining the law and legislating within the political process. Thus, the issue of merit in distributive justice, though initially defined in the discussion of particular justice in Book 5 of the Nicomachean Ethics, is closely tied to the broader issues of law and the correct constitutions of a democratic polity, monarchy, and aristocracy in Books 3 and 4 of the Politics.

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