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Bernard Bosanquet on the Ethical System of the State

  • Stamatoula Panagakou
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Abstract

This paper explores the relation between ethics, politics and the self in the political philosophy of Bernard Bosanquet, focusing mainly on his Philosophical Theory of the State. It is argued that for Bosanquet the state is an ethical system aiming at the realisation of the best life or common good, something which is an end both of the social whole itself and of the individuals who comprise it. For Bosanquet, the ethical system of the state provides the necessary institutions and social meanings which can unite individuals together in ethical human fellowship. The chief components of the ethical system of the state are ethical life, the metaphysics of the self, institutions as ethical ideas, and ethical citizenship. The paper analyses each of these in turn.

Keywords

Good Life Common Good Political Community Political Life Philosophical Theory 
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  • Stamatoula Panagakou
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  1. 1.Department of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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