Chapter 6 Summary

Chapter 6 Summary - Chapter 6 One of the key ways to gain a...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 One of the key ways to gain a better appreciation of politics is to explore the thinking of the great political philosophers. These philosophers have illuminated what the good political life is, and they have bequeathed to us a heritage of profound reflection on the meaning and importance of politics. The earliest political thinkers in the Western tradition include such philosophers as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Each of these men was dedicated to the idea of excellence and to the belief that human excellence and happiness could be achieved as part of a greater political community. Plato is famous for his classic work The Republic , which has as its central theme the question: What is justice? Plato believes that justice is the harmonious ordering of the different classes in a political community. He argues that justice would be achieved when cities are ruled by philosopher-kings, who can use their wisdom to see and do what is right. Plato places much importance on the role of education and intelligence in overcoming the problems that sometimes arise between power and justice. Aristotle, a student of Plato, was critical of his teacher for the problems that sometimes arise between power and justice....
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