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Colin Desmond 9-21-08 Western Political Thought Recitation 101 In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics , he explains that every art and science is intended to aim at something. “The end of medical art,” he says, “is health, that of shipbuilding a vessel, that of strategy victory, that of economics wealth” (1.1). Politics is a science that falls under this category. It is the art of constantly reviewing, debating, and innovating the government and its laws to fit its present members. Its aim is to make every member of the nation happy. He acknowledges this sense of improvement, saying, “The ends of the master arts are to be preferred to all the subordinate ends; for it is for the sake of the former that the latter are pursued” (1.1). Without politics, government would not change, and its laws would not fit its present day society,
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Unformatted text preview: creating a low moral amongst most people. With politics, government and its laws change adapt to the needs and wants of society, thus creating a better system that calls for universal happiness. More specifically, the art of democratic political science has an end of fulfilling the needs and wants of all society, not just one man. While he is not known for doing so, it can be said that Aristotle draws notion to the ends of this political science. He says that while “it is worth while to attain the end merely for one man”, which can be thought of as a communist or aristocratic political science, “it is finer and more godlike for it to attain a nation or for city-states” (1.2)....
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