Plato and Aristotle: A Comparison Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Plato and Aristotle: A Comparison
An analysis of the similarities and differences between the politics of Plato and Aristotle.
# 35657 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2003 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper discusses how Plato's contribution to philosophy was the recognition of phronesis, or moral intelligence views of a Utopian society. The paper then shows how Aristotle was a more realistic thinker; he was less concerned with the perfection of society and more concerned with improvement of the existing one. The paper notes that while Plato wanted the philosophical truth, Aristotle was concerned for the betterment of the citizen and the design of political institutions.

From the Paper:

"Plato and Aristotle were two of the greatest philosophers of their time. They each had a view of their own which was at times comparable and at times in conflict. The philosophers created a theory that needs to be examined in depth in order to be understood.
"Plato's contribution to philosophy was the recognition of phronesis, or moral intelligence, as the faculty in man which was able to grasp the meaning of absolute moral value. With the help of the concept of phronesis Plato was able to set up an objective standard of Absolute Good upon which the good of society and the individual in society depended. He proposed to set up a model state according to his standard of absolute goodness, where men would be related to one another in perfect justice. In his theory of the Ideal State, Plato separated his value system from any actually existing political organization, and made the new society of his creation subject to his absolute standards."

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