Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Pierre Manent : Pourquoi recourir à la loi naturelle ?
Pierre Manent- La théologie politique et ses légendes : Carl Schmitt et Erik Peterson
That rare moment when De Koninck agrees with the reds. pic.twitter.com/6KUAgZKggo— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) April 26, 2020
The important consideration being that "plures hominum sequuntur passiones"; not that the plures will actually use this right to contradiction, but in that they will, through negligence and indifference for the common good, allow those who do contradict, to seize power. Ex.g.: several European countries today.
An Aristotelian would agree that "absolute democracy" is a bad regime; after all it was Aristotle, following Plato, who distinguished between good and bad regimes. But what of politeia, the "republic"? I cannot see that De Koninck would deny that the possibility of a good form of government by many exists. Aristotle would probably be inclined to there is no "absolute" politeia, whether with respect to the number (rule by all, regardless of qualification) or with respect to what they can legislate.