The Concepts Of Citizenship And Equality Essay

1611 Words Oct 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Philosophers over time have created themes or concepts that regularly occur in their literature, these concepts include citizenship and equality. Philosophers that have incorporated those concepts in their works, include Aristotle and Plato. Aristotle’s focus on the concepts were included in his works called, “Nicomachean Ethics and Politics.” Plato use of the concepts, citizenship and equality, was shown in the Republic. The concepts of citizenship and equality will be displayed through a contemporary understanding of the United States by incorporating literature authored by Aristotle and Plato. The true definition of citizenship is debated across the world, but a general definition of citizenships can be defined as, “the state of having the rights of a person born in a particular country” (Citizenship). Citizenship in the United States was defined in the Fourteenth Amendment. The basis of the Fourteenth Amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. This amendment also granted citizenships to all slaves. Stated in the amendment, “it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" (By). By taking what was written in the United States Constitution, one is able to describe each philosopher’s treatment of citizenship. Citizenship in the Republic, Nicomachean Ethics and Politics were broken down into subsets. The subsets included, deal state, social roles, human nature education and a just…

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