Manuel Knoll

How Aristotelian is Martha Nussbaum's «Aristotelian Social Democracy»?

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Keywords: Capabilities Approach, Human Nature, Good Life, Distributive Justice, Equality.

The paper examines Martha Nussbaum's «Aristotelian Social Democracy», and in particular her appropriation of Aristotle's political philosophy. The paper questions Nussbaum's claim that Aristotle's account of human nature and her capabilities approach are not metaphysical. It critically analyses Nussbaum's egalitarian interpretation of Aristotle's doctrine of distributive justice, laying out the primary reasons supporting the thesis that Nussbaum's «Aristotelian Social Democracy» is incompatible with Aristotle's non-egalitarian political philosophy.

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