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Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle, and the Moderns

by Gerasimos Xenophon Santas

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Release Date: September, 2001

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Buy the book: Gerasimos Xenophon Santas. Goodness and Justice: Plato, Aristotle, and the Moderns


The ancients illuminated. Moderns as fleeting shadows...?

I thought this book gave a thorough and accessible overview of Socratic, Platonic, and Aristotelian political philosophy and ethics. The analysis was well structured offering a credibly argued interpretive position on each.

However, one expects the book to concentrate more heavily on the structural comparisons with contemporary normative theory regarding justice/goodness. Whilst the opening chapter promises such, this emphasis is quite absent through the majority of the work. There is argument concerning the anti-subjectivism of the ancient moral conceptions, though this seems rather in the peripheral of the author's vision, than at the central focus of the text.

This book is worth buying for the way in which it summarises recent literature within Ancient Greek moral theory. This is highest calibre exegesis and analysis. In my opinion, it would have been more intellectually interesting (and more aligned to the book title) if the ancient/modern comparison had been explored with more vigour.

I gained much from this book, which was an enjoyable and worthwhile read (despite the numerous typographical errors - which should be corrected in further re-prints).

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