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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 25, Issue 1, Fall 2020

Matthew Berry
Pages 1-20

The Natural Part of Political Justice in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Scholars have advanced many different interpretations of Aristotle’s discussion of “the naturally just” in the Nicomachean Ethics. Most of these interpretations, however, pay insufficient attention to the context into which Aristotle introduces the concept, and in particular to Aristotle’s discussion of political justice, of which “the naturally just” is only a part. This paper seeks to recover that context and to offer a new interpretation of “the naturally just” as the part of political justice that is derived from the nature of republican politics, rather than from the agreement of fellow citizens.

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