The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis

The Household as the Foundation of Aristotle's Polis

by D. Brendan Nagle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521849349

ISBN-13: 9780521849340

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Among ancient writers, Aristotle offers the most profound analysis of the polis household and its relationship to the state. The household was not the family in the modern sense of the term, but a much more powerful entity with significant economic, political, social, and educational resources. The success of the polis in all its forms lay in the reliability of…  See more details below

Overview

Among ancient writers, Aristotle offers the most profound analysis of the polis household and its relationship to the state. The household was not the family in the modern sense of the term, but a much more powerful entity with significant economic, political, social, and educational resources. The success of the polis in all its forms lay in the reliability of households to provide it with the kinds of citizens it needed to ensure its functioning. In turn, the state offered the members of its households a unique opportunity for humans to flourish. This book explains how Aristotle thought household and state interacted within the polis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521849340
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Ancient and modern households1
2The Polis as community and polity19
3Polis households : possessions31
4Polis households : labor needs of the Oikos76
5Non-Polis households135
6The perfection of the household152
7Philia as bond between Oikos and Polis177
8Plato's Paideia203
9Aristotle's Paideia247
10Conclusion297

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