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Plato, Aristotle, and the Ideal State
Analysis of "The Republic" by Plato and "Politics" by Aristotle.
# 131960 | 2,500 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Political Science (Political Theory)

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This essay considers the ideal state as posited by Plato in "The Republic" and by Aristotle in "Politics." It finds that both of these classical philosophers created states in which the individual enjoyed very little freedom and was largely subordinated to a government, which in the philosopher's view was benign, but which in practice would have the power to control marriage, procreation, and virtually any other aspects of the individual's life.

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" Two of the greatest philosophers emerged from Greece in the fourth century B.C.E. Plato (428-348 B.C.E.) and Aristotle (384-323 B.C.E.) gave civilization some of its greatest philosophical discourses. Both tried to envision the ideal state. In neither case did they believe strongly in individual freedom. Plato's primary explication of the ideal state came in The Republic. In The Republic, Plato is concerned with "justice" (Plato I, 331, 353), and finds that the easiest way to define this is to construct the just state."

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