Ancient Philosophers

Ancient Philosophers - Discussion Notes Aristotle Why is...

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Discussion Notes 4/4/08 Aristotle Why is the State Necessary? Man is a social and political animal o Creation of family village: these are daily needs of the individual Family: Man +Woman + Ox (sometimes a slave, sometimes an actual Ox) Continuing social needs with when many households form a village many villages form the State thus man is a political animal o “The households supply the daily needs, the village supplies the social needs, and the State supplies the political needs, the good life.” o “Justice is a virtue of the state” Aristophanes The Jon Stewart of Ancient Greece He saw both the good side of Greece before the war and the bad side of Greece after the war What are the causes of [the Peloponnesian] war? War happens over trivial reasons (pride, possessions), small arguments. (Individual level of analysis) Satirizing the causes of war Thucydides Ancient Greek Historian who focused mainly on the Peloponnesian war, and the conflicts between the Spartans and the Athenians. More of an idealist; Documented REALISM for the first time
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course IR 271 taught by Professor Corgan during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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