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This companion to Aristotle's 'Ethics' envisions the state as "a community of well-being in families and aggregations of families for the sake of a perfect and self-sufficing life."
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Published by Echo Library (first published -352)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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!

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
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
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
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
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
One of the gifts I received for Christmas, which seems like such a long time ago now, was a 25 voucher to use on amazon. As soon as I saw the three-thousand digit code on the back of the card, I realised that there was only one thing I’d spend all that money on, books. That thought brought on a very rare occasion that I can’t take for granted: I made a rash decision and didn’t regret it. I bought The Collected Works of Plato, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, How to be both, Crime and Punis ...more
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
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
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
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
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.

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
Justin Tapp
There are so many consequential ideas in this book that it's amazing it's not required reading in Western classrooms anymore. The Benjamin Jowett translation is easily accessible in many formats. Perhaps just as it was "lost" to the Middle Ages until "rediscovered" and translated into Latin in the 12th century it is lost to today.

Prerequisites for reading this book are Plato's Republic and The Laws, of which I read the former. The Republic is the more important as Aristotle spends much time crit
María I.
Política reúne los escritos que Aristóteles (384-322 a. C.) dedicó a la vida en sociedad y la organización de la convivencia cívica. Una suma de tratados menores de sorprendente riqueza de temas, expuestos con la agudeza y profundidad que caracteriza el pensamiento aristotélico. El discípulo de Platón comienza analizando las estructuras básicas de la sociedad, en la que la ciudad representa el logro más cabal: el hombre está definido como un ser cívico, zion politikón, y por encima de la familia ...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
I read excerpts from this text pursuant to my dissertation. It's amazing how relevant and interesting political philosophy from the 4th century BCE can be to modern ways of thinking and understanding the world democratically. One of the main things I take from this is that the running of the polis--the body politic--is much more tied to property ownership in Aristotle's philosophy than I would like it to be, but that what characterized democracy is precisely the liberty from being ruled by those ...more
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
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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
Now this completely lovely book was studied in the first course of Political Theory..
Imagine how much would it be enjoyable & hard to study that course. You never understand the purpose of the author from reading it one time , that is the problem with old texts.
After you read it many times and the professor explains it to you , slowly it becomes enjoyable !
It tells you a lot of things about Aristotle and even Plato..
Those guys were really obsessed with making similarities between medicine
Alp Turgut
Aristoteles'in "Retorik"ten sonraki en kapsamlı ve en iyi eseri olan "Politics / Politika"nın Platon'un "Devlet"ini hedefinde bulunduran politika ve devlet üzerine eleştirel ve geliştirici bir felsefi eser olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Başta "Devlet" olmak üzere Platon'un eserleri üzerinden giden kitabın kesinlikle Platon'un önemli yapıtlarından sonra okunması gerekiyor. Hatta "Politika"yı okumadan Herodotus'un "Tarih"ini okumak bile gerekiyor diyebilirim. Platon'un aksine devlet düzenlerinin bozulma ...more
I read Book 1, 1252a - 1253a; Book 7, 1323a14 - 1325b for Evil. Aristotle might get a lot of things wrong, particularly in regards to science, but what I read of him was interesting. The teleological assertion that the state existed before the family is highly dubious--actually, any teleological claim looks dubious to someone who thinks destiny is bunk--and his assertion that there are types of people who are meant to be slaves is yet more dubious, on both factual and moral levels, but overall i ...more
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