The Politics

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Philosophy - 290 pages
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This new translation of one of the fundamental texts of Western political thought combines strict fidelity to Aristotle's Greek with a contemporary English prose style. Lord's intention throughout is to retain Aristotle's distinctive style.

The accompanying notes provide literary and historical references, call attention to textual problems, and supply other essential information and interpretation. A glossary supplies working definitions of key terms in Aristotle's philosophical-political vocabulary as well as a guide to linguistic relationships that are not always reflected in equivalent English terms. Lord's extensive Introduction presents a detailed account of Aristotle's life in relation to the political situation and events of his time and then discusses the problematic character and history of Aristotle's writings in general and of the Politics in particular. Lord also outlines Aristotle's conception of political science, tracing its relation to theoretical science on the one hand and to ethics on the other. In conclusion, he briefly traces the subsequent history and influence of the Politics up to modern times.

"Lord's translation is clearly the best available."—Claremont Review


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Review: The Politics (Oxford World's Classics)

User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

In many ways, an extraordinary book. What a massive influence this work had clearly had on the West, and on political thought in general. Fairly easy to read and very worthwhile, despite being wrong in many ways. Read full review

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User Review  - saizine - Goodreads

A classic of political philosophy; interesting to approach in conjunction with Plato. (Read for a university course.) Read full review

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Carnes Lord is the author of Education and Culture in the Political Thought of Aristotle and coauthor, with Dain A. Trafton, of Tasso's Dialogues.

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