Aristotle's Politics is widely acknowledged as a classic and one of the founding texts of political theory and philosophy. Written by a leading expert in ancient philosophical thought, Aristotle and the Politics is a coherent guide that makes sense of an often difficult and disorganized work, carefully explaining its key themes. Jean Roberts introduces and assesses:
- Aristotle's life and the background to Politics
- the ideas and text of Politics
- the continuing importance of Aristotle's work to philosophy today.
Aristotle is one of the most important figures in Western thought and Politics contains some of our earliest ideas about democracy. This is essential reading for all students of philosophy and political thought.
Table of Contents
Part A: Background 1. Aristotle's Life and Times 2. The Structure of the Politics Part B: The Argument of the Politics 1. The Polis 2. Virtue and the Polis 3. Moral Distinctions Between Different Forms of Political Community Part C: Later Influence of the Politics
Jean Roberts is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Washington, USA.