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The American society is dissimilar to Aristotle’s ideal conception of a society. Although it may be a “polity” in that it is comprised of a large middle class and its citizens share a non-discriminatory constitution, America is comprised of little of the societal aspects Aristotle believed would produce a virtuous polity. The “end,” or goal, of a virtuous polity, tranquility, is idealistically brought about through moderation and education, aspects which instill virtue in a polity’s citizenry over time; in America, this tranquility is achieved through an almost universal and self-interested desire of the middle class to acquire monetary wealth. America’s capitalism and the negative characteristics it implants within the American populous ensure that the country is not and cannot become a virtuous Aristotelian polity unless capitalism is eliminated. Early in Book I of The Politics Aristotle speaks of a “polis,” or city, as the only environment suitable for a virtuous man. Unlike that of a family or village (which can be a mere extension of family), a city’s fundamental aspect is political association, an
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.

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