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Aristotle, notes on the Politics For Aristotle, man is fundamentally a political animal and can only find fulfillment and satisfaction in political engagements. The city is thus the critical place where human beings can engage in human activity. This is why he places the city before human existence. It is crucial to note that Aristotle did not think that men were born human (Aristotle believed that everything and everyone on Earth was in a state of potential, and that that potential could only be realized through a process of unfolding and realization. So, for instance, you plant a seed and several stages later, you have a flowering plant). Men become human through forming ever more politically advanced and economically self-sufficient ties with others. The first level of [pre]-political association is the household (individual family). Within the household, the male is the thinking, ruling subject. The wife is given the intellectual capacity to manage the household under his direction, but not to
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2010 for the course POLI SCI 365 taught by Professor Buzby during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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