Forms of the State: An Approach to the Work of Edith Stein Based on Its Aristotelian Influences

  • María Esther Gómez de PedroEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 110)


According to its ontic structure, the state must respect certain limits imposed by community life that extend from the political actions carried out by those who exercise sovereignty, which, in part, coincide with the bearers of the state. These limits are established by the community’s consciousness with respect to its ethos and its culture. These three limitations would fall within the aim of political life, according to Aristotle. But in addition to sovereignty, Aristotle maintains that justice is also necessary for the organization of the state. Justice is an end of the state and, therefore, conditions its ontic structure. Stein’s legal view of the state also tackles the question of justice. This paper argues that we find in Aristotle a possible rapprochement with Stein’s theory of the state.


State Bearers of state life Forms of state Legitimacy Value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Santo TomásSantiagoChile

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