Aristotle's Dispute Between Creon And Antigone

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If Aristotle were a judge in the dispute between Creon and Antigone his verdict would favor King Creon. He would favor King Creon for several different reasons based on his philosophical ideologies. Some of his ideologies that would support this reasoning would be the rule of a man over a woman, Creon being fit to rule and not fit to be ruled, and the goal of a city and an individual. Aristotle rejects the fundamental equality of all and believes that there are people who can be rulers, the ruled, and slaves. As we analyze the philosophy of Aristotle, we see why he would support Creon.
One of the compelling reasons as to why Aristotle would side with Creon would be because Creon is a man and Aristotle believes that a man has a natural rule over a woman because a woman is not as rational as a man. Aristotle believes that man has a natural rule over children, wife, and the household generally (384). This can suggest that he believed that a man had the right to automatically rule over a woman and children regardless of knowledge, strength, wisdom, etcetera. Aristotle would also agree with the disregard that Creon has for Haemon’s
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Creon has the rightful rule of the city of Thebes because he was born into a family of power and virtue. He also had the natural rule over Antigone because she was a woman and men were superior to women because Aristotle saw the women as less rational than the men. The law set forth by Creon to dishonor Polyneices’ body and to put to death whoever tried to bury him was a justified law in the mind of Aristotle because the law came about during a military expedition and so Creon could rightfully decide life or death for those involved. It was not necessary for this law to be just due to Antigone and Polyneices not being seen as equal in the city of Thebes so regardless of what other citizens believed about the law, Creon could justify

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