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Stephen Meehan January 26, 2007 Aristotle, in his discussion on partnerships mentions five distinct partnerships. The first two partnerships Aristotle mentions are the “conjunction of persons who cannot exist without one another” (1252a27-28), which are the building blocks of all the latter partnerships. These initial partnerships are really divided in two by Aristotle, the marriage (union of male and female) and slavery (union of slave and free). These partnerships are about complete control, one person is able to foresee and predict outcomes for the partnership, therefore practicing authority. Aristotle does make a distinction between marriage and slavery for Greeks, saying that the female is designed for certain things that the slave is not, however acknowledges that barbarians see these two relationships as interchangeable. The first partnership to flow forth from the pairing (of either male and female or master and slave) is the household, a partnership that
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Unformatted text preview: focuses on responsibility and necessity. Aristotle describes this as the partnership that is responsible for securing the daily needs of its members. The next partnership is naturally the combination of several households, the village. Aristotle simply states that this is an extension of the household, with different households providing for others non-daily essentials. When several villages combine, Aristotle concludes this succession of increasingly greater partnerships is complete, in the city. He states that the city is self-sustaining, providing everything necessary to work toward a common good. He states that the city is a natural partnership desired by all working for the ultimate good, because, man is by nature a political animal (1253a2-3). He says that the city is mans most basic desire, more basic than even the household....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 20600 taught by Professor Roos during the Spring '07 term at Notre Dame.

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