2.12 - Aristotle's Politics I The Polis and The Good...

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2/12/08 Aristotle’s Politics I. The Polis and The Good Life -The Polis encourages the Good Life -emphasizes the moral purpose of politics -shared by Plato -the Polis exists to serve humanity and personal gain (p109, 117, handout p1) -lead people to a moral life -not merely existing for the defense of its citizens II. Participatory Citizenship- Republicanism -citizens must participate in civic life in order to become fully actualized -Republicanism: Res Publica -“Things Public” -constant privileging of public over private -citizenship in Republican theory means not sitting passively -to be a good man, must be involved in the quest for public good III. Hierarchy- Slaves, Women, Craftsmen -narrow conception of citizens, and thus fully realized human beings -slavery (p112) -some people are by essence slaves -“slaves” vs. “enslaved people” -women (p112) -not capable of being full human beings -cannot be citizens -men-active (givers of principle), women-passive (vessels of principle) -craftsmen (handout p4)
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2008 for the course GOVT 1615 taught by Professor Hendrix,b during the Spring '06 term at Cornell.

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