Political Virtue

This argument comes from the conflicting claims to authority in the city.

 

The politician’s job is to create the regime that will best promote the good life within the city.

 

In order to do this he must give the authority of the city to the ruler or rulers that would best promote virtue within the citizens.

 

However all of the competing claims to authority over the city are incomplete in the truth of their claim. 

 

As a result the politician must use distributive justice and divide the city between the groups based on each individual’s contribution to the good life of the city.  Those who contribute the most to the good life should get authority over the city in proportion to their contribution.  Thus equality and justice are achieved.

 

The politician must use the idea of distributive justice when deciding who is to have authority over the city.   

 

  1. The city comes into existence for the sake of the good life this is why none of them are right in their claims about justice.

 

 

 

Aristotle contends that the promotion of virtue in the citizens of a city is the nature of political life and that distributive justice within the city is the only way to attain this end.    

 

 

 

  1. Human nature is inherently connected to the political association and this connection makes the promotion of virtue the end of politics.

 

 

  1. It is the concern of the politician to create a regime that best promotes virtue in its citizens, for this reason distributive justice is necessary to combine the conflicting claims of the citizens.
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