Aristotle's "Theory of the State" Analytical Essay by Brad7

Aristotle's "Theory of the State"
An analysis of Greek philosopher Aristotle's "Theory of the State".
# 8718 | 1,185 words | 1 source | 2002
Published on Feb 03, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Political Science (Political Theory)

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The paper analyzes Aristotle's "Theory of the State". The paper is divided into several areas to summarize Aristotle's views on an Ideal State. The paper discusses the sociopolitical features of the Ideal State; features of a State, including the State as the essence of human society; two forms of the Ideal State, and Aristotle's thought development with respect to this issue; two regime theories in relation to the two forms of the Ideal State and political theory as a realization of human essence.

From the Paper:

"For Aristotle, types of government are distinguished by the nature of its ruling element which class of people are in control--and whether they rule for the benefit of the whole or in their own class interest. He thus offers a handy six-fold typology of states: Tyranny is rule by one person in his or her own interest; kingship is rule by one person for the good of the whole

" Oligarchy is rule by the few in their own importance; aristocracy is rule by the few for the good of the whole. Democracy is rule by the many in their own interest; polity is rule by the many for the good of the whole. "

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