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Plato, Aristotle, and the Purpose of Politics Kevin M Cherry

Plato, Aristotle, and the Purpose of Politics

Kevin M Cherry

Published January 2nd 2014
ISBN : 9781107633506
Paperback
248 pages
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In this book, Kevin M. Cherry compares the views of Plato and Aristotle about the practice, study, and, above all, the purpose of politics. The first scholar to place Aristotles Politics in sustained dialogue with Platos Statesman, Cherry arguesMoreIn this book, Kevin M. Cherry compares the views of Plato and Aristotle about the practice, study, and, above all, the purpose of politics. The first scholar to place Aristotles Politics in sustained dialogue with Platos Statesman, Cherry argues that Aristotle rejects the view of politics advanced by Platos Eleatic Stranger, contrasting them on topics such as the proper categorization of regimes, the usefulness and limitations of the rule of law, and the proper understanding of phron sis. The various differences between their respective political philosophies, however, reflect a more fundamental difference in how they view the relationship of human beings to the natural world around them. Reading the Politics in light of the Statesman sheds new light on Aristotles political theory and provides a better understanding of Aristotles criticism of Socrates. Most importantly, it highlights an enduring and important question: Should politics have as its primary purpose the preservation of life, or should it pursue the higher good of living well?