Essay on Primary Source Analysis : Aristotle 's Politics

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Primary Source Analysis: Aristotle’s Politics

Aristotle has always been an interesting character in my opinion. Although I am used to hearing about his proving of the spherical earth and belief in egocentricity as a science major, I thought it might be time to see his incredible knowledge active in a different subject. This is where I found his book on politics. Aristotle is seen in many places through history, and important places at that. He can be described as a well-known ancient Greek philosopher responsible for laying much of the groundwork for new, ancient western thinking. He was taught by famous philosopher, Plato and would later work with him in laying said groundwork for ancient Greece’s upcoming. He was heavily involved in science although his writings and teachings were more qualitatively based as opposed to quantitatively.

Politics is one of the most influential and enduring texts of political philosophy in all of history. The Aristotelian tradition, following from the philosophy of Plato and continuing in the writings of Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas and other medieval theorists, has formed the backdrop against which all subsequent political and moral philosophy has found its orientation. Early modern political philosophers such as Machiavelli and Hobbes, as well as modern Enlightenment theorists and even postmodern authors have?Either explicitly or implicitly?Defined themselves against the Aristotelian model. While writers in the Aristotelian tradition…

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