Essay about Aristotle, Plato, And Augustine Of Hippo

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Our concept of Modern Political Thought is mainly a derivative of the 17th and 18th century, whereas Classical Political Thought had its birth before the modern era. As a result, even somewhat politically-adept modern citizens seldom draw upon ‘modern’ philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Plato and Aristotle, who predate both Hobbes and Locke by over a thousand years, are even further from these citizens’ minds. As is stands, many individuals have difficulty finding pertinence in the ‘classics’. However, just because the applicability of Classical Political Thought is not always glaringly obvious, this does not result in an absence of all relevance. In fact, the thoughts of ‘classical’ philosophers Aristotle, Plato, and Augustine of Hippo, whether conspicuously or latently, beneficial or harmful, remain especially relevant in modernity, as they are echoed across various aspects of modern politics.
Aristotle, the Founding Fathers, and Voter Turnout Any American that writes off Classical Political Thought as irrelevant should take a look at the sentiment held by several of the Founding Fathers. It is no historical secret that John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were acknowledged Aristocrats. James Madison was arguably even more against the notion of ‘true’ democracy than Aristotle. In the Federalist #10, Madison affirmed his opposition when he stated that all true democracies have “… (been) spectacles of turbulence and contention”, and that they, “…in general…

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