101+lecture+3 - Aristotle Politics Overview Parallels: the...

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Aristotle Politics
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Overview Parallels: the city and the individual The best life for an individual Rational principle rules over irrational The mean The best practicable form of government Constitution: system of government and way of life A political mean: the middle class Rotation of offices Population and size (citizenship) Public education Political community and friendship
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Parallels: the city and the individual Anyone who is going to make a proper inquiry about the best form of constitution must first determine what mode of life is most to be desired ( Politics , 7:1) Anyone who grades individuals by their goodness, will also regard the happiness of cities as proportionate to their goodness ( Politics , 7:2)
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The best life for an individual Rational over irrational: The soul has naturally two elements, a ruling and a ruled; and each has its different goodness, one belonging to the rational and ruling element, and the other to the irrational and ruled ( Politics , 1:13)
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