What Aristotle Learned from Plato about Justice and Laws

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Author: Mi-Kyoung Lee1
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  • 1 Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, COUSA
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In this paper I consider Aristotle’s solutions to two questions about justice and the laws: why think that obeying the law is just? And why think that doing what is just will promote one’s happiness? I analyze Aristotle’s solutions to these two problems in terms of four claims concerning the laws that come from Plato and underwrite Aristotle’s optimism about the potential for politikê epistêmê to issue in laws which are objectively correct.

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