Aristotle's Teaching in the "Politics" (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 2013 - Political Science - 368 pages
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With Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics,” Thomas L. Pangle offers a masterly new interpretation of this classic philosophical work. It is widely believed that the Politics originated as a written record of a series of lectures given by Aristotle, and scholars have relied on that fact to explain seeming inconsistencies and instances of discontinuity throughout the text. Breaking from this tradition, Pangle makes the work’s origin his starting point, reconceiving the Politics as the pedagogical tool of a master teacher.

With the Politics, Pangle argues, Aristotle seeks to lead his students down a deliberately difficult path of critical thinking about civic republican life. He adopts a Socratic approach, encouraging his students—and readers—to become active participants in a dialogue. Seen from this perspective, features of the work that have perplexed previous commentators become perfectly comprehensible as artful devices of a didactic approach. Ultimately, Pangle’s close and careful analysis shows that to understand the Politics, one must first appreciate how Aristotle’s rhetorical strategy is inextricably entwined with the subject of his work.
  

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Contents

The Rhetorical Strategy Governing Aristotles Teaching
1
The Distinctiveness and Supremacy of the Political
25
Previous Conceptions of the Best Regime
71
The Debate over Justice among the Regimes
99
Ameliorating Actual Regimes
167
The Simply Best Republic
225
Notes
269
References
319
Index of Names
335
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About the author (2013)

Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws.”

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