I was given an excerpt from an essay about how we understand a "good life."

For context, the author was talking about how ancient Greek theorists would not distinguish between ethical and political matters.

"The ideology of civic or republican humanism sees each in terms of the other: for me to exercise virtue, to realize my powers and capacities as a self-determining being, just is among other things for me to participate with others in the running of the polis."

The sentence is long and confusing, and I was asked to look at the second part of this sentence (beginning with "for me to exercise...") to identify the sentence structure. I have no idea! I am having trouble identifying the subject and verb. I've been reading this sentence over and over, but nothing seems clear to me.

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A simpler form:
(For me to exercise virtue) is (for me to participate in running society).

That is, if I participate in running the polis (society), I am exercising virtue (being good).

The phrase among other things should be set off with commas. It means there are other things you need to do to be virtuous. The word just could be dropped; it seems to say that it's all very simple, and it may contradict among other things.

It is a confusing sentence.

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