Single Idea 23373

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

To defend Aristotelian republicanism it is not enough to show that individual require society - liberals do not deny this. They must also show that individuals need to be politically active.

Gist of Idea

Liberals accept that people need society, but Aristotelians must show that they need political activity


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 7)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.296

A Reaction

Interesting. People are not just inactive because they have been rendered powerless. In any group of people there are some who are keen to have a voice, or lead, and others who are largely happy to follow.