Gender Inequality And The Aristotelian Society

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Gender Inequality in an Aristotelian Polity Aristotle’s philosophies were deeply influenced by his upbringing and interest in biology. He believed that the reason of a thing lies in its function. Everything that exists has a purpose, and that purpose is the reason that thing is the way it is. For example, all the substances that make up a seed are there because the way those particular substances interact with each other causes that seed to grow. When the seed grows, it reaches its full potential as a plant. Humans are the same. Human beings have a potential to live up to, which is finding true happiness by living an honorable life. One lives an honorable life by complying with societal standards, which are built through community based on three levels of organization. The first of these is the household, which is designed “to manage the necessities of individual existence, such as procreation, sleep, nourishment, and shelter” (pg. 35). The second is the village, which in simple terms is the market place of society, where people buy and sell goods and services. The last of the levels is the polis, the political community in charge of making collective decisions in the public’s best interest. Each of these levels “performs an essential, inescapable function in any society” (pg. 35) Species survival is crucial to any society, and is covered under the household level of government. But because species survival is so important, those who are capable of bearing children will be…
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