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Introduction Regarded as two of the most influential philosophers, Aristotle and Plato have played a significant role in shaping the political and ethical dimensions. Through their philosophies on ethics and politics, they provide a unique insight into some of the aspects that can be formed in the society or nation. Plato, when examining politics and ethics, used the foundations of abstractness and utopian perspectives. On the other hand, Aristotle emphasized on practical and commonsensical approach to discussing politics and ethics. The uniqueness of Aristotle in evaluating ethics renders his aspects extensively defensible as compared to Plato's approach. Aristotle is practical in assessing the different forms of government and how elements of unethical conduct can play a critical role in their downfall. Nurturing ethics is the hallmark of Aristotle's argument on the defining features that make a state flourish. Through the adoption of common sense and practical application of Aristotle’s perspectives, this paper will argue on some of the aspects that make his arguments on the connection between politics and ethics more defensible than Plato's views. Aristotle’s emphasis on politics and ethics centers on evaluating the need for human life to be fulfilling and based on reasoning. As such, for leadership to focus on holistic development, one ought to emphasize moral wisdom and practical intellectual contemplation. The harmonization of morals and polities should be at the core of human understanding and successful interrelationships with each other (Kraut, 2008). Hence, Aristotle argues that sound political leadership is the successful practice of philosophical development in an individual attributed to intellectual and moral virtue that centers on happiness among all. As a proponent for happiness, the arguments set forth by Aristotle focus on the

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