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Finding the Mean:
Theory and Practice in Aristotelian Political Philosophy
Stephen G. Salkever

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1991

Paperback | 2014 | $42.95 | £35.95 | ISBN: 9780691604985
Hardcover | 2016 | $107.50 | £91.95 | ISBN: 9780691633985
298 pp. | 6 x 9 | 1 table
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Stephen Salkever shows that reading Aristotle is a starting point for discussing contemporary political problems in new ways that avoid the opposition between liberal individualism and republican communitarianism, between the politics of rights and the politics of virtues.

Originally published in 1990.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


"Stephen Salkever's [book] does more than explain Aristotle's understanding of the relation between theory and practice. It advocates a new style of theorizing--as old as Aristotle, but new to liberal democracy's defenders and critics. Salkever not only sheds light on Aristotle's political theory, but also presents a reconception of liberal democracy that reveals its merits, and allows us to evaluate policies and institutions in light of its best potentialities.... His work deserves to receive the attention bestowed on Rawls and Arendt or MacIntyre."--Mary P. Nichols, The Review of Politics

"Insightful and carefully argued.... Regarding modern politics, Salkever makes a compelling case for moral education, mutual understanding, and the avoidance of doctrinal extremes."--Fred D. Miller, Jr., The Times Literary Supplement

"Absolutely essential for any serious student of Aristotle's moral and political philosophy."--Anthony J. Celano, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents:

Introduction 3
1 Aristotle's Teleology and the Tradition of Evaluative Explanation 13
2 Theorizing the Human Good 57
3 How Theory Informs Practice: Virtues and Rules in Aristotelian Practical Philosophy 105
4 Gendered Virtue: Plato and Aristotle on the Politics of Virility 165
5 Reconceiving Liberal Democracy, Part I: Democracy as a Range of Possibilities 205
6 Reconceiving Liberal Democracy, Part II: Liberal Virtues and the Public Life 237
References 265
Index 283


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