Moral Virtue and the Limits of the Political Community in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Collins, S. D. (2004). Moral Virtue and the Limits of the Political Community in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. American Journal of Political Science American Journal of Political Science, 48 (1): 47-61.
Abstract: The recovery of Aristotle's
view of the political community as guardian of the common good and moral
educator has fueled a continuing debate about civic education and virtue. In
focusing on the relation of virtue to the common good and that of the
individual, however, this debate has obscured Aristotle's insight into virtue's
status as an independent end. I argue that by taking account of this dimension
of virtue, Aristotle's discussion of the particular moral virtues in the Nicomachean Ethics clarifies the nature and
limits of civic education and shows that the full question of the human good
emerges only with an investigation of the political community's highest and
noblest pedagogic aims.
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