Analysis Of Aristotle 's ' Politics ' The Best Form Of Democracy

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B1. In Aristotle’s ‘Politics’ the best form of democracy and the best form of oligarchy seem to be highly similar. In order to fully understand these forms of government one must be able to further understand certain topics mentioned in book IV of the ‘Politics’. First, one must comprehend the analogy of gymnastics with politics and why Aristotle used this example. Secondly, the bad forms of oligarchy and democracy and why they are bad. Finally, the good forms of oligarchy and democracy and what these superior forms of government share that make them a good governments. In the beginning of Book IV Aristotle uses an analogy of the art of gymnastic. His analogy explains how there are different modes of training to different types of people. Aristotle elucidates how the best form of training “must suit that which is by nature best and best furnished with the means of life” (Aristotle, Politics 1205). The best form of training, must also be a form of training that will be applicable to most men, and even though a gymnast might not desire the best form of training, a minimalist form of this training might be taught to this gymnast by a teacher (1205). Government believed that many arts could be hold to the same principle; government being one of them. Government “must suit that which is by nature best and best furnished with the means of life” (1205). Not only should this form of government apply to most cases, but rougher versions of it could be implemented if necessary.…

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