Aristotle’s Teaching in the Politics-pdf
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publisher: Pajoohaan
producer: Latin books
language: English

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Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics”: this title announces, in a fuller way than at fi rst appears, the present book’s distinctive approach. For “teaching” is meant in a twofold sense. This study’s leitmotif is that the politicalphilosophic substance about which Aristotle seeks to educate us cannot be disentwined from the artfully educative activity in which Aristotle is engaged, and into which he seeks to draw us, throughout—an enactment which he presents as a model of how a political philosopher ought to teach, in lecturing and in writing. In other words, Aristotle’s public theorizing about political practice is a highly self-conscious form of political practice, of intervention in political life. We cannot learn the most important lessons the philosopher seeks to teach, about both political theory and political practice, and about the fraught relation between theory and practice, unless we maintain a constant attentiveness to the politic and exemplary manner in which he reaches out to, and enters into dialogue with, potential students—who he knows to be of varying abilities and needs, and embedded in or contending with divergent and clashing regime-contexts. Previous modern scholarship has for the most part failed to understand the sinuously instructive path of the Politics because interpretation, with rare exceptions, has not recognized nor risen to the challenge of the philosopher’s psychologically subtle and multi-level, playfully serious and civically responsible mode of educative communication.

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