ISBN-10:
1609420470
ISBN-13:
9781609420475
Pub. Date:
09/01/2010
Publisher:
International Alliance Pro-Publishing, LLC
Politics

Politics

by Aristotle, William Ellis
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ISBN-13: 9781609420475
Publisher: International Alliance Pro-Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Joe Sachs taught for thirty years at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has translated Aristotle's Physics, Metaphysics, and On the Soul and, for the Focus Philosophical Library, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Poetics, Plato's Theaetetus and Republic, a collection of Plato’s dialogues entitled Socrates and the Sophists,and an edition of Plato’s Gorgias and Aristotle’s Rhetoric.

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Book I

Chapter 1. Since we see that every city is some kind of association, and every association is organized for the sake of some good (since everything everyone does is for the sake of something seeming to be good), it is clear that all associations aim at something good, and that the one that is most sovereign and encompasses all the others aims at the most sovereign of all goods. And this is the one called the city, the political association.

Now those who assume that the same person is skilled at political rule as at kingship, household management, and mastery of slaves do not speak beautifully. (For they regard each of these as differentiated with respect to manyness or fewness but not in form—a master being over few, a household manager over more, and a political ruler or a king over still more, as if a large household were no different from a small city; as for the political ruler and the king, when one has control himself, they regard him as a king, but as a political ruler when he rules and is ruled by turns in accordance with the propositions of this sort of knowledge. These things, though, are not true.) What is being said will be clear to those who investigate it along the usual path, for just as it is necessary in other cases to divide a compound thing up into uncompounded ones (since these are the smallest parts of the whole), so too with a city, it is by examining what it is composed of that we shall also see more about these rulers, both in what respect they differ from one another and whether it is possible to get hold of anything involving art applicable to each of the things mentioned.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Translator’s Preface
Introduction by Lijun Gu
Aristotle’s Politics (Book titles added by translator)
Book I. The natural basis of the city
Book II. Previous opinions about the best city
Book III. Citizenship and political rule
Book IV. The spectrum of democratic and oligarchic forms of government
Book V. Factions and changes of government
Book VI. How democracies and oligarchies can be made more effective and enduring
Book VII. Characteristics of the best city
Book VIII. Education of citizens
Glossary
Summary of Contents
Index

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Mr. Aristiotle has some disturbing views; he believes that women, children, and animals are lower in importance than Man. He feels that Man is the superior being on this planet. He allows feels that women and children have no rights and are to serve the man. He also contradicts Socrates' wisdom on almost every tenet. He speaks lowly of him as well, which is egoistic of Aristotle, plus, depicts his jealously of Socrates acumen and veneration. Surprisingly, people think Aristotle as the Top Philosopher...He is not; Socrates was and is. Plato is excellent, because he writes for Socrates and also believes is equality and not segregation and elitism. Aristotle has been illuminated more due to the fact that he was a prolific writer and ostensibly wanted to convince or condition people to his views, which were oppressive and discriminatory. Moreover, he writes in a dry, sometimes curt, and long-winded manner, which is boring and disengages the reader, mainly due to his ideals, but also in the manner he chooses to express it, which is devoid of Socrates' way. Read Socrates and Plato; use Aristotle to compare and contrast inferior thinking or a compromised psyche.