Aristotles view on war and city to city relations in the book politics

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Citizens, whether the few usually the rich or the many including the poorer and perhaps the poorest free adult mengathered together to conduct public affairs, sharing either by custom, by election, or by lot—the latter seen in Athens as the most democratic, though it was never the sole mechanism used in any Greek democracy—in holding, or holding accountable, the offices for carrying them out.

And so at last, instead of loving contention and glory, men become lovers of trade and money; they honor and look up to the rich man, and make a ruler of him, and dishonor the poor man. Justice was widely, if not universally, treated as a fundamental constituent of cosmic order.

Aristotles view on war and city to city relations in the book politics

We must figure out how to live together for ourselves through the use of reason and speech, discovering justice and creating laws that make it possible for human community to survive and for the individuals in it to live virtuous lives. Chance as an incidental cause lies in the realm of accidental things , "from what is spontaneous". We will not examine the particulars of Aristotle's view of each of these cities. It would be well also to collect the scattered stories of the ways in which individuals have succeeded in amassing a fortune; for all this is useful to persons who value the art of getting wealth. In the Republic, the knowledge required for rule is not specialized, but comprehensive: the knowledge of the good and the Forms is somehow to translate into an ability to make laws as well as the everyday decisions of rule. It embraces the account of causes in terms of fundamental principles or general laws, as the whole i. Particularly in twentieth-century Anglophone scholarship, these remarks have engendered a view of Socrates as endorsing civil disobedience in certain circumstances, and so have framed the question of civil disobedience and the grounds for political obligation as arising in Plato. Aristotle doesn't provide any sensible practical method of recognising natural slaves, and without that it's inevitable that some people will be made slaves who should not be.

The lowest and largest class is the producers: the farmers, craftsmen, traders, and others involved in commerce. And this holds of all other virtues, as will be more clearly seen if we look at them in detail, for those who say generally that virtue consists in a good disposition of the soul, or in doing rightly, or the like, only deceive themselves.

In this way, then, it results that all rule…" a This is also one reason why many students have difficulty reading his work: no teacher's lecture notes ever make complete sense to anyone else their meaning can even elude their author at times.

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For the members of the family originally had all things in common; later, when the family divided into parts, the parts shared in many things, and different parts in different things, which they had to give in exchange for what they wanted, a kind of barter which is still practiced among barbarous nations who exchange with one another the necessaries of life and nothing more; giving and receiving wine, for example, in exchange for coin, and the like. He justified this by pointing out the hierarchical nature of heaven, where some angels were superior to others. Still there may be a science for the master and science for the slave. Strikingly, his example of such a regime is Sparta: presented as a case of a characteristically democratic distribution of education among citizens only, of course coupled with the characteristically aristocratic principle of election to offices rather than selection by lot IV. The useful parts of wealth-getting are, first, the knowledge of livestock- which are most profitable, and where, and how- as, for example, what sort of horses or sheep or oxen or any other animals are most likely to give a return. Some in Aristotle's time and since have suggested that holding property in common will lead to an end to conflict in the city. His description of the hectocotyl arm of cephalopods, used in sexual reproduction, was widely disbelieved until the 19th century.

Lockwood, Thornton, and Thanassis Samaras eds. The productive and practical sciences, in contrast, address our daily needs as human beings, and have to do with things that can and do change.

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Aristotle’s Political Theory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)