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Politics and Poetics

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Aristotle's discussion of government in the Politics is so idea packed that it's been argued over ever since being written. It's an empiric description of human nature under various historical circumstances, filled with information on what had happened to former states & what was happening in his own time, coupled with an analysis of the structure of society.
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Published August 29th 1972 by Viking Press (NY) (first published -322)
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Mary Kelly
Oct 05, 2016 Mary Kelly rated it it was ok
The Politics improve if you interpret Aristocracy as a representative democracy and looking at his definition there is not much difference. The Poetics is where the beauty is, the points and examples are timeless.
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Sep 12, 2016 cody b johnson rated it really liked it
I gave these works of Aristotle a four star rating based entirely on the politics book and not the poetics book. The poetics is probably quite useful to a person interested in writing any type of literature or work of drama for stage or screen but my knowledge of something like that is extremely limited at best. I wasn't going to remove a star on the review because I'm not subject matter expert on poetry. The politics is a read that can be enjoyed by anyone with any interest in the basis of ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a powerful and life changing read. Somehow it manages to instill a deep and broad understanding of the dynamics and structure of society, social order, and people. My reading it was one of the key elements in fully understanding just how perniciously misleading is the media with its agendae of social management by fostering and planting ignorance of history. There is nothing new! One of those books on my 'must read' list for those interesting in understanding and challenging the naked ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2010 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aristotle fans
Recommended to Erik by: Maurice Lieberman
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I read this for Humanities 101 during my first semester at Grinnell College. While most of the Politics escapes me after all of these years, the Poetics remains fresh to mind for two reasons. First, it was relevant. In high school I'd read all of Sophocles and earlier in this humanities course I'd read Aeschylus' Oresteia and a little Euripides. What Aristotle was addressing was familiar. Second, I read it en route by bus to Washington, D.C. for the great Moratorium march against the war in ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Geoff rated it it was ok
politics section-good background. Good insight into political nature of Greeks, and astute observations of human nature, how mankind organizes socities. Nice to read what founding fathers studied and improved upon.
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(Greece: Αριστοτέλης)
(Arabic: أرسطوطاليس)

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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