Aristotle in his Politics devotes a large portion to his theory of the best regime. Renewed interest in this idea, along with scholarly disagreements on what Aristotle says, make this reading an important contribution to classical political studies. Chuska's approach is a defense of Aristotle's theory, showing it to be necessary and helpful, despite controversy over his purportedly narrow-minded discussions of non-Greeks. Relying on the text of Politics as well as Greek history and other works by Aristotle, Chuska expands on the theory of the best city.
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About the Author
Jeff Chuska is an independent scholar living in Conway, South Carolina.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Abbreviations Chapter 4 The Best Life: Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 The Best Life: Virtue and Resources Chapter 7 The Virtuous Life: Politics vs. Despotism Chapter 8 The Virtuous Life: Politics and Philosophy Chapter 9 Resources: Population Quantity Chapter 10 Resources: The Territory Chapter 11 Resources: Population Quality Chapter 12 The Best Social Structure: Chapter 13 Introduction Chapter 14 Citizenship in the Best Regime Chapter 15 The Young, the Military, and War Chapter 16 The Mature, the Government, and Foreign Policy Chapter 17 The Elderly, the Priesthood, and Religion Chapter 18 Public Meals, Property, and Economy Chapter 19 Women, the Family, and the Household Chapter 20 Workers, Slaves, and Serfs Chapter 21 Conclusion Chapter 22 Notes Chapter 23 Bibliography Chapter 24 Index