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Insieme alla Repubblica di Platone e in opposizione ad essa, la Politica di Aristotele è il testo a fondamento di tutta la tradizione politica occidentale. Se nello Stato platonico nessuno ha diritto a una forma di esistenza disinteressata e immune dalle preoccupazioni della vita comune, per Aristotele invece «la città ideale è quella nella quale ogni cittadino può disporr ...more
Paperback, Economica Laterza [9], 308 pages
Published 2005 by Laterza (first published -352)
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Jeremy
This is quite a turn away from the optimistic "we can figure it all out" tone of the Nicomachean Ethics. In trying to confront both what a state is and how it functions, he creates this weird/insidious master/slave hierarchy, expanding it to encompass children, women, basically anyone who isn't a member of the Athenian aristocracy. While this in and of itself isn't really shocking considering how the typical greek polis maintained and grew it's own power (i.e. going to war, stealing women, land ...more
Tim
I personally find it tough to do any sort of a review on the classics, as just about everything that can be said about a 2400 year old treatise has probably been said. However, like scripture, everyone has their own interpretation of these kinds of documents from antiquity. The interpretations, like any reading, have to do with the culture and time in which one was raised, the society and government around them, as well as one’s age and any previous influential readings and/or life experience. T ...more
Keegan
I can't give a rating to Aristotle's Politics.

That being said, Aristotle's political philosophy runs on a horrendously fallacious naturalistic track, leading him to bizarre conclusions about...everything.

It was perhaps useful as a way of solidifying my conceptions of the wheelings and dealings of classical-era poleis, especially having read this alongside Thucydides, where the abstract, nuanced comparisons Aristotle makes between direct democracy and oligarchy find grounding in the brutality of
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Jonathan Karmel
In Politics, Aristotle theorized that in a perfect world, a monarchy would be a benevolent dictatorship, an aristocracy would be rule by the virtuous and democracy would be rule by the people. But because of human frailty, monarchy actually becomes tyranny, aristocracy actually becomes oligarchy and pure democracy actually becomes mob rule. The practical solution is a form of government that mixes elements of a single ruler, rule by the few and majority rule.

This idea survived and evolved, and e
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Robert Davis
Aristotle speaks through the ages in his classic Politics. Many of his observations, especially those on education, were prescient and are as relevant today as they were 2400 years ago. Aristotle examines different kinds of government and the advantages and dangers of each. He includes insight into many of the problems of democratic government that would be left unsolved for 2000 years- and some that remain unsolved. Aristotle not only predicts the dangers of socialism and communism, but also th ...more
Mohannad Najjar


شرح في هذا الكتاب أرسطو كل تصوّرُه عن الدولة و مكان الفرد: المواطن/ العبد/ المرأة / الفلاح/ الأجانب فيها،
لا يبدو الكتاب مُغرياً و مُحفزاً للقراءة. لكنه عهد قطعناه على أنفسنا -بنادي كتاب الفلسفة السياسية- أن نقرأ كامل الكتاب -ولو بدا مملاً ثقيلاً- و نتناقش حوله على مدى الخمسة الجلسات الماضية، ليأتي كثاني كتاب في قائمة أول الكتب المؤلفة في الفلسفة السياسية.

لم أستطع أن أخرج من قراءة الكتاب إلا باحترام شديد لأرسطو، رغم أن المعايير المعاصرة للحقوق ترفض فكره في هذا الكتاب جملةً وتفصيلاً.. وأنا فعلاً
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Chris
This was my first political science book, and I was surprised to see it becoming a real page turner after the first two hundred pages. I had no idea how important the middle group of people are in a state. I don't know how much this corresponds to the present, but you hear on the news how the middle class is disappearing, the rich are getting richer and the poorer are getting poorer, and now all of a sudden there is cause for alarm because Aristotle says this is how nations become unraveled!

The
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Javous
Sau khi bộ phim Alexander (2004) ra mắt, có một cuộc tranh luận thú vị xoay quanh lời giảng ở đầu phim của Aristotle cho vị hoàng đế thời trẻ rằng sự thuần khiết tuyệt đối là khi con người sống cùng với nhau, với tri thức và niềm ham mê chảy qua giữa họ. Một số luật sư Hy Lạp thậm chí còn đe doạ kiện đạo diễn Oliver Stone vì lời thoại đó xác nhận và biện minh cho lối sinh hoạt đồng tính luyến ái của người Hy Lạp cổ đại và do đó xúc phạm đến hình ảnh Alexander đại đế. Cũng có học giả như Tom Pras ...more
Amira Hosam
talks about state of nature and how to set "state" ,how to set laws and types of government and which type is the best ? also talks about human nature and how to make it good by education, proper upbringing and music .
may be it is long book , contains many names and many details which need specialist in political sciences or philosophy but u can get also usefulness from it by knowing types of governments, how to make human nature better also the main target is " that book will make u think in e
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Ken Moten
"Every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims, and in a greater degree than any other, at the highest good." from Book I

I read this book for one of my political science classes and it marks my introduction to Aristotle. I have to
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Galicius
Book I

Communities and states are established to bring the greatest good to its members. Qualifications of a king and master or householder are not the same as some (Plato) think. It’s not just the number of subjects they have to deal with. A statesman is also different and he rules when citizens set up a government and rule by political science. But there are different kinds of rule.

Aristotle goes no to consider the relationship between master and slave, absolute and relative meaning of the term
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Cody
Come on Aristotle! You really wrote a lame book man. I'm gonna have to go read Plato's Republic to shake the funk out. I mean hey, I know you're supposed to be one of the world's greatest thinkers and you were the founder of formal logic and all. But dude, your ethics suck. What the jazz are you talking about in this book about how everyone needs to be ruled, and those who lack the rationality to rule themselves need to be ruled by others?

I mean, I guess that ends up happening to people who lac
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Bryan
The irony of me calling Aristotle's work average is not lost on me.: Yep, I feel way over my head giving Aristotle three stars, but I'm throwing in my two cents anyhow.

This book is an incredible window into another time. Aristotle's views on a number of topics (women and slavery come quickly to mind) stand out so opposed to our beliefs today that it's almost worth reading this book just to get some perspective on how new some of the social ideas we take for granted really are. Getting that sens
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C.
Feb 01, 2011 C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of political science
What is remarkable is how little has changed in the conservative and liberal positions since Aristotle. Some of it reads like it came from a recent blog.

My interest in finishing reading this classic is to provide some context for my discussion of the polis and the oikos in the second and, hopefully soon, first published edition of my book "Popular Capitalism". The treatment of the oikos was superficial and none of analysis applied to the polis was used in a deeper analysis of the oikos. Federati
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Rowland Bismark
In many ways, the Politics is a companion volume to the “Nicomachean Ethics”, in which Aristotle defines a life of good quality and sets about describing how it should be achieved. The Politics, to a large extent, is an effort to describe the kind of political association that would best facilitate the ends described in the Ethics.

However, the Politics is not subservient to the Ethics. Aristotle's claim is not that cities must exist to serve the ends of individuals. Rather, he claims that indivi
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Maria
Aristotle, as well as Plato, holds that individuals aren't but part of a community, does not give rise to women in public, comparing them with slaves. Justifying slavery with nature, justifying all social malaise, responding to an anti democratic way of thinking, hence the need to say who is a citizen and who is not. Author atrocious, proving the insanity of the times before Christ, and the urgent need to revise more democratic and fairer systems. it's very clear how classical authors tends to ...more
Michael Koby
Before reading this I read Plato's "The Republic" which is spent defining justice. This book deals more in the politics of the city. Who are it's citizens, who are not citizens, what kinds of governments are there, why some should be considered better than others, and how the people are raised, educated, and participate in their government.

I liked this better than I liked "The Republic", maybe because this deals more with solid principles where "The Republic" was looking to define a more abstrac
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Matimate
This book was re-read for several times and each time it brought new and stimulating insight in the contemporary politics despite its date of origin. The ideal state was discussed with impact on its citizens. The foundation of the modern democracy is clearly stated in this book.

Kevin
Aristotle's politics is the most comprehensive, well formulated treaty and critic of political infrastructures ever surmised. Compared to his predecessor, Plato, who took a metaphysical approach in the Republic and who only viewed governmental progression as a liner processes; Aristotle looks at governmental progression from a circular view point and backs his evidence with real life occurrences happening in the Mediterranean world at the time. A good introduction for anyone wanting to learn mor ...more
Brian Schiebout
Politics by Aristotle and translated into English by Benjamin Jowett is an ancient book about political science. Aristotle truly believed that politics was a science which could be understood in the same way as anatomy or physics. Because of that he wrote this book to help people create a better more stable state. He starts by explaining the way in which a household is like a miniature state and explaining the rules which must be put into place regarding women, children and slaves all of which h ...more
Julia
i have to apologize for what i wrote earlier about the republic. the republic was great. i did not realize how great plato was until i read aristotle and discovered i VASTLY prefer plato's writing style. but like even this isn't as negative and vociferous as it would have been before, because since finishing politics (which i didn't find terribly engaging, enough that i wrote my second sosc paper on the republic instead of politics) we have read AQUINAS and his style is The Worst. also i've spen ...more
Jared
I loved reading this with the question of what is the ideal society and how do you obtain happiness? It was interesting to see Aristotles answers to these questions. I also enjoyed seeing how he argues his idea that happiness is the absence of pain and that money is in charge of getting rid of pain. Even though I do not agree with it that idea has effected the way that many think of happiness
Nghia Nguyen
Dù đã nhiều nghìn năm trôi qua, nhiều điều trong sách đã không còn phù hợp thâm chí là sai so với hiện tại của chúng ta... Rồi đâu đó là tiếng nói "vô chính phủ", công dân toàn cầu... Những bí mật, thông tin tuyệt mật... Đọc để thấy sự tự do của chúng ta không như những gì chúng ta thường nghĩ về và tin như thế... Đọc và thấy thế giới của chúng ta, của thông tin, của công nghệ, của sự kết nối... một nơi phức tạp, mở, có nhiều điều bí mật... nơi mà chúng ta cần nhìn lại, tổ chức lại, hành động để ...more
Alan Johnson
I initially read Sir Ernest Barker's translation of Aristotle's Politics in 1965. The present edition by Carnes Lord includes an excellent translation and introduction with helpful endnotes regarding the meaning of important Greek terms, relevant ancient history, alternative translations, and variations in the manuscript sources. As for Aristotle's work itself, one finds many objectionable things (slavery, the inferior role of women typical of ancient Athenian society, the also typical incorpora ...more
Matt
The final thought that Aristotle leaves us in Nicomachean Ethics is the main source of tension in The Politics. The goal of existence in Nicomachean Ethics is happiness which can be achieved through the contemplative life, but Aristotle is rooted in Greek culture and cannot conceive of happiness outside the city-state. His opening line in The Politics sets his baseline:
Since we see that every city is some sort of partnership, and that every partnership is constituted for the sake of some good
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M. Ashraf
This was a very dense piece on politics and it's fascinating that this book was written this long ago.I've read "The Republic" by Plato and in comparison between the two this was more reasonable than the first and then The republic wasn't that much on comparing government rather than building the perfect model he talked briefly about the forms of government around him , but this was more intense in classifying them talking about each form separately and then comparing them , finally trying to fi ...more
E.C. McCarthy
The shocking revelation of Aristotle's Politics is that it stands as a near perfect mirror of modern society's political discourse. Aristotle first addresses the definitions of various forms of governments (tyrannies, oligarchies, democracies, etc.), then lays out the possible intentions and purposes of government, and describes their suitability to specific city-states in existence in the 300s BC. In this way, he balances theory with reality, and acknowledges the imperfections of all forms of g ...more
Hershel Shipman
Well this is a fundamental political/philosophy book. Aristotle is equivalently wrong on several accounts but on many others I find myself agreeing with him.
Some of the things I found to be wrong are: Some people being more slavie than others. Women being unequal to men, his idea's that the Greeks were superior to everyone around them, and his utter fascination with monarchies.

However, some of this comments on how the best possible scenario for a state is to have a middle class larger than eith
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Bob Nichols
Aristotle's Politics is a continuation of his central theme in the Ethics. Man's distinctive feature is his rationality and rational guidance - generally the mean in behavioral expression - is virtuous behavior resulting in the Supreme Good, happiness. The state's role is to support the development and maintenance of this virtuous individual, which includes the rule over those who are not capable of ruling themselves (slaves). Aristotle places great stock in rationality and has created an ideal ...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
"A master is only the master of the slave, but no part of him; but the slave is not only the slave of the master, but nothing else but that."

The problem with today’s western world can be directly linked to their ancient philosophy. Sure, they might be proud of it, but in it, there is no real beauty, no love of life, no spirituality, not in terms of religion, but in terms of something more important.

Aristotle’s thesis on politics is not only cold and emotionless (and frankly, boring), it’s also u
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Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquarian interest. A prodigious researcher and wri
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