Aristotle's Politics is a key document in Western political thought. In these first two books Aristotle shows his complete mastery of political theory and practice, and raises many crucial issues still with us today. In Book I he argues vigorously for a political theory based on 'nature'. By nature, man is a 'political animal', one naturally fitted for life in a polis or state. Some people, however, are natural slaves; and women are by nature subordinate to men. Acquisition and exchange are natural, but not trading for profit. In Book II he launches a sharp attack on Plato's two 'utopias', the Republic and the Laws, and also criticizes three historical states reputed to be well governed: Sparta, Crete, and Carthage. This volume contains a close translation of these two books, together with a philosophical commentary. It is well suited to the requirements of readers who do not know Greek.
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Review: PoeticsUser Review - Danny - Goodreads
Aristotle, Longinus, and Horace are all a bit vague to me. Perhaps this is due to my reading them in translation or because I have not read all of the texts to which they refer (many of which are no ... Read full review
Review: PoeticsUser Review - Mario - Goodreads
Quite short but full of great advice. A timeless classic every writer should own. Read full review