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Government by Plato and Aristotle
Examines the way both Plato and Aristotle view the perfect government.
# 48755 | 1,021 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 15, 2004 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper discusses how both Plato and Aristotle attempted to philosophically construct the ideal society and the most suitable form of government. It explains how two of the main areas on which the two philosophers disagree are the importance of private property and the need for a guardian class.

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"Plato's socialistic views ascribe to the ideal society, one in which justice is ever-present. Private property by definition invites injustice and inequality because it places too much power in the hands of the owners, who may not have righteous discretion. Especially among the working classes, the citizens who are not members of the guardian class, private property is dangerous. The multitudes do not naturally know what is best for them in terms of government; nor can they perceive the most just use of their personal belongings. Women fall into this category by necessity, because they control the means of reproduction. All children being born have the potential to become great men (or women). However, reproduction is a privilege, not a right. If Aristotle agrees that only certain people have the potential to rule justly, properly, and with wisdom, then he must also agree with Plato that reproduction must be controlled strictly."

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