Natural Capacities and Democracy as a Good-in-Itself

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Josiah Ober

Stanford University - Department of Classics

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

A paper on moral and political philosophy, arguing on Aristotelian grounds, that democracy is not only an instrumental good, but a good-in-itself for humans, because the exercise of constitutive natural capacities is and end, necessary for true happiness (understood as eudaimonia), and democracy (understood as association in decision) is a constitutive natural human capacity of humans. Forthcoming, winter 2006 in Philosophical Studies.

Suggested Citation

Ober, Josiah, Natural Capacities and Democracy as a Good-in-Itself (2006). Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 070604. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1426909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1426909

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