By Tony Burns
Aristotle and traditional legislations lays out a brand new theoretical strategy which distinguishes among the notions of ''interpretation, '' ''appropriation, '' ''negotiation'' and ''reconstruction'' of the that means of texts and their part innovations. those different types are then deployed in an exam of the function which the concept that of ordinary legislations is utilized by Aristotle in a few key texts. The ebook argues that Aristotle appropriated the concept that of ordinary legislation, first formulated through the defenders of naturalism within the ''nature as opposed to conference debate'' in classical Athens. Thereby he contributed to the emer. Read more...
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This process of initial concepe formation might involve tlw comhination of other concepts which up until then were thought ofhy the members ofa linguistic comrnunity as heing unconneceed with one another, and perhaps even in some way logically opposed to one another. lt might involvc a ncw association of conccpts, onc which had not bccn considered appropriate or even possible before. One obvious example of this which is of obvious relevance for the present work is the bringing together of the concepts of phJsiJ and nomos so as to produce the concept of natural law in ancient Greek political thought.
One obvious example of this which is of obvious relevance for the present work is the bringing together of the concepts of phJsiJ and nomos so as to produce the concept of natural law in ancient Greek political thought. I shall say more about th is issue in Chapeers ~ and 1. Another example is the combination of ehe concepe of 'dialectics' in philosophy with that of 'materialism', so as to generate ehe concept of 'dialcctical matcrialism', in Gcrmany in thc ninctccnth ccntury - a conccptual 32 Aristotle aud Natural Law innovation which has been attributed variously to Frederick Engels, Joseph Dietzgen and Georg Plekhanov (see Burns, 2002b).
In recent methodological debates a number of commentators have emphasized the importance of rhetoric for our understanding of the historical development of key political concepts (Ball, 1988: 14-17; Palonen, 1997, 1999, 2000; Richter, 1995: 120-1, 141, 152-3; Skinne1·, 1999: 60-73; Stuunnan, 2000; also Gunnell, 1998). Mekin Richter, for example, has claimed that at certain tim es in the history of political thought, especially in periods of rapid economic, social and political change, key concepts have been 'redefined or redescribed by political actors seeking' either to 'reconcile contradictions in their own thought', or alternatively to 'knockout or neutralize concepts used by their adversaries' (Richter, 1995: 141; also 120-21, 152-53).