Plato 's Interpretation Of Utopia

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Plato and Aristotle shared many differences despite also sharing a teacher student relationship. This essay will strive to establish their understandings of reason and the role reason plays in their comprehensions of politics, differentiating between the kinds of reason and politics produced as a result.
Plato is regarded as the first writer of political philosophy while Aristotle is recognised as the first political scientist. Plato’s interpretation of Utopia is founded upon the existence of three separate classes: the producers, the auxiliaries and the guardians. Plato envisions the guardians as wise rulers whom are best placed in positions of absolute authority. Plato understood it to be the role of the guardians to be the select few who know what is best for society.
On the other hand, Aristotle is not concerned with perfecting society. Aristotle emphasizes public and private realms and structures of society. This
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means that he is interested in the ideals which are expressed in the laws and customs of a state and he also focuses on public opinion as views expressed by the people living in a given state. Unlike Plato, Aristotle believe that politics must respect and be based on ideals and views and makes of these ideals and views the means to improve existing society.
This essay will first diverge into the philosophical…
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