By Judith A. Swanson

Within the Politics, Aristotle units out to find what's the most sensible shape that the nation can take. just like his mentor Plato, Aristotle considers the shape that might produce justice and domesticate the top human strength; despite the fact that Aristotle takes a extra empirical procedure, analyzing the structure of present states and drawing on particular case-studies. In doing so he lays the rules of recent political technology.

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Moreover, the conditions under which the rulers live, by precluding their having any private lives at all, ensure their unhappiness. The notion that the best rulers are strictly public servants is inhumane. All together then Aristotle doubts the city’s stability, longevity, harmony and happiness. How, he ultimately asks, can a whole city be happy unless most people in it are happy? Aristotle also finds aspects of the city depicted in Plato’s Laws problematic. Its huge military would require virtually limitless territory and moreover a guiding foreign policy.

Households and cities therefore may or may not be, as we know, harmonious. Aristotle’s elaboration of his contention that the city is the end of the household continues to preserve the integrity of the household as such, as well as that of the individual as such, by pointing out only that the latter cannot be conceived – and therefore, he implies, properly discussed or analysed – without reference to the city. The city is conceptually ‘prior by nature’ to the household and individuals because they function in connection to it, as a foot or hand functions in connection to a body; the city as such – rightly conceived – does not undermine their integrity or homogenize their unique status because each of them has its own peculiar animus and end essential to the functioning of the whole city.

He answers: for the first, a modicum of property and some sort of work; for the second, temperance; and for the third, philosophy. This second mention of philosophy in the Politics thus presents it as the answer to a unique and uncommon longing, that which finds no satisfaction in material things or in praise, recalling Plato’s characterization of philosophic eros. The answer is itself a rare activity inasmuch as it does not require other human beings. Phaleas’s location of the answer to widespread discontent in property thus naïvely forgets the existence of ambitious and reflective men – a serious oversight, because it is such men who paradoxically cause the most trouble of all from frustrated desires.

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