1st Edition

Aristotle’s Political Philosophy in its Historical Context
A New Translation and Commentary on Politics Books 5 and 6

ISBN 9780367593612
Published August 13, 2020 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers new translations of Aristotle’s Politics 5 and 6, accompanied by an introduction and commentary, targeted at historians and those who like to read political science in the context in which it was produced. Philosophical analysis remains essential and there is no intention to detract from the books as political theory, but the focus of this volume is the text as a crucial element in the discourse of fourth-century Greece, and the conflict throughout the Greek world between democracy, oligarchy, and the rise of the Macedonian monarchy.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. The Politics - themes, structure, and chronology

3. Political change and civil strife in Politics Book 5

4. Aristotle's theory of political change

5. Aristotle and democracy

6. Aristotle's preference - the politeia

7. The Politics, Macedon, and Macedonian sympathisers

8. The Politics and ethical theory

Politics Book 5, sections 1-12

Commentary on Politics Book 5

Politics Book 6, sections 1-8

Commentary on Politics Book 6


Index of ancient texts

Index of proper names

Index of subjects

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Andrew Lintott is Emeritus Professor of Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK.