University of Ottawa School of Political Studies POL 2107B Introduction to Political and Social Thought Fall 2011 Second Essay (30%) Choose one of the following topics: 1. Aristotle criticizes Plato’s approach to political philosophy in Book I of the Nichomachean Ethics and Book II of the Politics . Sum up Aristotle’s criticisms of Plato in three or four main points. How is Aristotle’s own approach to political philosophy different? In your judgment, is Aristotle’s political philosophy an improvement over Plato’s? Explain your answer. 2. Plato and Aristotle each describe what they believe is the best form of constitution. Briefly describe each thinker’s best constitution. How does each thinker’s idea of the best constitution reflect the political values that they regard as the most important? How does each thinker’s best constitution reflect their distinctive approach to political philosophy? 3.
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