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Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Politics

1st Edition

By Jean Roberts


152 pages

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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 isa 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

About the Author

Jean Roberts is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Washington, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks

Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.

Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical