Aristotle's Best Regime: A Reading of Aristotle's Politics, VII. 1-10

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University Press of America, 2000 - Drama - 372 pages
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Aristotle in his Politics devotes a large portion to his theory of the best regime. Renewed interest in this idea, along with scholarly disagreements on what Aristotle says, make this reading an important contribution to classical political studies. Chuska's approach is a defense of Aristotle's theory, showing it to be necessary and helpful, despite controversy over his purportedly narrow-minded discussions of non-Greeks. Relying on the text of Politics as well as Greek history and other works by Aristotle, Chuska expands on the theory of the best city.
 

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Contents

The Best Life Virtue and Resources
11
The Virtuous Life Politics vs Despotism
25
The Virtuous Life Politics and Philosophy
41
Resources Population Quantity
59
Resources The Territory
81
Resources Population Quality
95
Conclusion
113
The Best Social Structure
127
The Elderly the Priesthood and Religion
191
Public Meals Property and the Economy
211
Women the Family and the Household
239
Workers Slaves and Serfs
277
Conclusion
313
Conclusion
321
Notes
325
Bibliography
355

Citizenship in the Best Regime
133
The Young the Military and War
147
The Mature the Government and Foreign Policy
163

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Jeff Chuska is an independent scholar living in Conway, South Carolina.

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