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By Susan D. Collins

Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship confronts a query that's primary to Aristotle's political philosophy in addition to to modern political idea: what's a citizen? solutions turn out to be elusive, partly simply because overdue twentieth-century opinions of the Enlightenment referred to as into doubt basic tenets that when guided us. enticing the 2 significant works of Aristotle's political philosophy, his Nicomachean Ethics and his Politics, Susan D. Collins poses questions that present discussions of liberal citizenship don't thoroughly handle. Drawing a course from modern disputes to Aristotle, she examines intimately his advanced shows of ethical advantage, civic schooling, and legislation; his view of the goals and bounds of the political neighborhood; and his therapy of the relationship among citizenship and the human solid. Collins thereby exhibits how Aristotle is still an integral resource of enlightenment, as he has been for political and spiritual traditions of the previous.

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37 Public reason seeks not to dictate the ends or goods of the free and equal citizens to whom it refers but to set the standards and procedures by which to adjudicate disputes arising from the diverse pursuits of the good. ”42 In this regard, political philosophy 37 38 39 40 41 42 Rawls, “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited,” pp. 132, 136–8. Rawls, Political Liberalism, pp. 48–9. ” See also Justice as Fairness, in which he makes explicit the problem that citizens must act “at the expense of their own interest” (p.

388. Ibid. See Galston, Liberal Purposes, p. ”83 Yet, Galston also insists, the liberal state, as compared to the ancient regime, does not impose a comprehensive way of life or doctrine of the good. To the contrary, its great achievement has been to create a constitutional framework of institutions and practices that accommodate and even protect the diverse pursuit of the good. ”84 Arising from this liberty, Galston also argues, is “value-pluralism,” the existence of which further justifies the liberal state’s presumption in favor of individual liberty.

190 (my emphasis). Rawls, Political Liberalism, p. 176. The Limits of Liberal Citizenship 23 Rawls’s political liberalism, and recent discussions of liberal virtue and civic education by Berkowitz, Macedo, and Galston. 52 Nevertheless, they also contend, the conflicts over issues such as abortion or affirmative action are grounded not simply in interpretive disputes concerning the constitutional meaning of liberty and equality, but 49 50 51 52 As Bohman and Rehg observe, “The term ‘deliberative democracy’ seems to have been first coined by Joseph Bessette, who argued against elitist (or ‘aristocratic’) interpretations of the Constitution.

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