Aristotle

Aristotle - Dr. Chris West Nature of Politics Spring 2009...

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Lecture notes: Aristotle Biography Story about his life: born, spent his life thinking, then died 384 bc in northern Greece, Macedonia Sent by his father to study at Plato’s Academy (20 years) until death of Plato Returned to Macedonia to establish school for Phillip and his son Alexander Later, returned to Athens and founded the Lyceum Aristotle brought up on charges in Athens as Socrates was, but left not to have Athens sin again against philosophy Style: disciplined and thematic treatises Politics bound up with science, metaphysics, collected 158 constitutions, academic rigor Treatises on Ethics designed as education texts Less theoretical than practical advice-giving to solve disputes He takes seriously the dignity of the city and is not as abrasive to city as Socrates Politics: Dr. Chris West Nature of Politics Spring 2009 February 9, 2009
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What were the politics of Aristotle’s politics? End of the Greek city-state/polis structure: swallowed by imperial Macedonia What does he think of these changes? He was not an Athenian citizen: leads to reticence at commenting on current politics He becomes a canonical guide for ages of philosophers: “the philosopher” (Aquinas) the master of those who know” (Maimonides) He reigned for centuries Dominated until 17 th century (Hobbes) “repugnant to government” Read as suggesting monarchy by some, even universal monarchy
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