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Book 1, Chapters 1–13 Aristotle outlines the relationship between rulers and ruled in the ancient world, noting, "Every state is a community... Read More
Book 2, Chapters 1–12 Throughout the book, Aristotle seeks a model for the best government; to find this, he studies existing regimes. Citiz... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 1–10 A city is made up of many parts, but all cities must have citizens. In this section, Aristotle elaborates on what make... Read More
Book 3, Chapters 11–18 This chapter continues the debate about what form of government is optimal. Aristotle considers the multitude as the a... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 1–8 Although the term political science does not exist yet, Aristotle studies politics like a science, examining different... Read More
Book 4, Chapters 9–16 Governments use different methods to ensure citizen participation. Oligarchies may fine the well off if they do not pa... Read More
Book 5, Chapters 1–12 Governments often change based on acts by the people, like a revolution. After a revolution, some things are preserved... Read More
Book 6, Chapters 1–8 In this short chapter, Aristotle makes a few claims about the different kinds of democracies. People are different; th... Read More
Book 7, Chapters 1–10 There is no universal route to an ideal regime. Aristotle notes, "The life which is best for men, both separately, as ... Read More
Book 7, Chapters 11–17 If circumstances allow, a city should have access to both the sea and land. Cities that slope toward the east are gene... Read More
Book 8, Chapters 1–7 Everyone should be required to educate their youth. Youth should be educated in the character of the regime, and educa... Read More
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