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Ethics and Politics: A Response to Terchek and Moore
Thomas W. Smith
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 94, No. 4 (Dec., 2000), pp. 913-918
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2586216
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I respond to Terchek and Moore by investigating the interrelationship of ethics to politics in Aristotle's thought. To this end I defend two claims. First, doing ethics requires understanding politics. Second, politics requires practical wisdom and ethics. Since even the politics wanted by Terchek and Moore requires these virtues, they are wrong to claim that my account of the common good, resting as it does on similar virtues, is impractical and dangerous.
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