Aristotle and Democracy

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Mann, Scott
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Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
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This paper looks at Aristotle's Politics from the perspective of contemporary political, social and economic problems and possibilities. A focus upon Aristotle's defence of slavery highlights the fact that while contemporary liberal political ideas of human rights challenge Aristotelian-type defences of sexism and racism, such ideas fail to address hierarchical and exploitative class-structured political and economic relations — still justified in the same way in which Aristotle justifies slavery. Consideration of the Politics is of particular contemporary relevance because of the ways in which it correctly highlights problems of unregulated markets and banking operations, unrestricted pursuit of profit and the dangers of rule by a rich minority, which has reached its apogee today, after four decades of neoliberalism. And because of the ways in which it points towards possible radical democratic reforms in the future.
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Aristotle, Politics, Society structure, Patriarchy, Slavery
Mann, S 2019, Aristotle and Democracy', Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) — Special Issue, pp. 53-70.