Recognition and redistribution in Aristotle’s account of stasis

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In Politics 5.1-3, Aristotle sees different conceptions of proportional equality and justice as the fundamental causes of stasis and μεταβολή. His account shows what happens to notions of ‘particular’ justice when they become causes of individual and collective action in pursuit of moral and political revolution. The whole discussion of the causes of stasis is better read through the filter of individual/group motivation – as a reflection of what goes on in the heads of those who engage in stasis. Movements towards political change are motivated by ingrained conceptions of proportional equality and fair distribution of honour and wealth. His approach, therefore, may be compared to Axel Honneth’s, that social justice should be seen in terms of the distribution of dignity and respect as well as of material resources.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages47
JournalPolis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Nov 2020


  • recognition
  • redistribution
  • stasis
  • honour
  • axia
  • justice


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