Distnguishing The Public From The Private: Aristotle’s Solution To Plato’s Paradox

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By emphasizing that a political entity is a communal partnership, Aristotle implies that Plato’s city is not yet bona fide political. Due to his reluctance to draw a clear distinction between the private and public realms, Plato’s political theory tries to meet conflicting demands. By examining his solution to Plato’s paradox, we will be able to appreciate the peculiar relation between Aristotle’s political justice and justice per se, and the political significance of Aristotle’s distinction between the public and private realms.

Keywords: A busybody; A political state; Aristotle; Citizens; Common Interest; Doing one's own business; Eudaimonism; Family and state; Heterogeneity of justice; Justice; Labour distribution; Liberty of the commonwealth; Plato; Plato's Paradox; Politics; Professionalization; Rui Zhu; Sophrosune; The private; The public

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA, Email: zhu@lfc.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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