By Kevin M. Cherry

during this e-book, Kevin M. Cherry compares the perspectives of Plato and Aristotle concerning the perform, research and, especially, the aim of politics. the 1st student to put Aristotle's Politics in sustained discussion with Plato's Statesman, Cherry argues that Aristotle rejects the view of politics complex by way of Plato's Eleatic Stranger, contrasting them on issues resembling the right kind categorization of regimes, the usefulness and barriers of the rule of thumb of legislation, and the right kind knowing of phronēsis. some of the transformations among their respective political philosophies, even though, replicate a extra primary distinction in how they view the connection of people to the flora and fauna round them. studying the Politics in gentle of the Statesman sheds new mild on Aristotle's political thought and gives a greater figuring out of Aristotle's feedback of Socrates. most significantly, it highlights a permanent and critical query: may still politics have as its basic function the upkeep of existence, or should still it pursue the better sturdy of residing well?

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