Aristotle 's Views On Political Philosophy

1282 WordsMay 10, 20156 Pages
Along with his teacher, Plato, Aristotle is generally regarded as one of the most influential ancient thinkers, not just in political philosophy, but across a range of fields. In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle describes his account of political science as the most authoritative of sciences. It pronounces how political science that of the city or state, and which science fall under its authority. However, discussions in political philosophy has developed further since Aristotle and therefore it is questionable as to whether they continue to remain significant. Throughout the following then, I will assess whether Aristotelian political philosophy is still relevant today. One of the three main themes of Aristotle’s political theory is his naturalistic account of the state. According to Aristotle it exists as a natural phenomenon. Whether Aristotle uses the term ‘nature’ in Politics in the same way as he does when describing his metaphysics or his philosophy of nature is unclear. In these ‘nature’ is normally referred to as “an inner principle of change and being at rest”. To give an example of this a seed would be natural as it has its source of motion within itself, it grows into a plant by itself. A house on the other hand is not natural as the source of its motion is external; the house is a result of the relevant craftsmanship from humans. There appear to be two senses in which Aristotle believes the polis to be natural. All associations are formed with the aim to
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