Plato and Aristotle on Constitutionalism: An Exposition and Reference Source

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A scholar of government and politics explains the basic concepts of constitutionalism, summarizes the lives and times of the ancient Greek philosophers, identifies many of their key political ideas, and provides verbatim some of the more significant passages. His purpose is to extract, explicate, and emphasize certain ideas in order to consider whether they are relevant in what he sees as a current constitutional crisis, among them dysnomia, anomie, and stasis. He offers extracts from Plato's Republic, Statesman, and Laws and Aristotle's Athenian Constitution and Politic. Polin recommends his treatment as a textbook despite the unusual arrangement of topics and the unabashed expression of his own opinions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840143010
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Avebury Series in Philosophy
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Special Acknowledgments
I The Idea of Constitutionalism 1
II Athenian Constitutional Background 13
III Biographical Note on Plato 26
IV Plato's Ideal Political Theory: The Republic 43
V Plato's More Realistic Political Theory: The Statesman 78
VI Plato's More Sophisticated Political Theory: The Laws 94
VII Biographical Note on Aristotle 157
VIII Concepts Aristotle Explicated: The Athenian Constitution 167
IX Concepts Aristotle Advocated: The Politics 183
X Comparisons and Conclusions 269
Epilogue 293
Bibliography 300
Index 318
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