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Machiavelli and Aquinas on Politics
A look at the perspectives of Machiavelli and Aquinas on politics.
# 124147 | 1,000 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo)

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This paper discusses Thomas Aquinas and Machiavelli on politics, rule, and their relation to Aristotle's concept of man as a political animal.

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"Aristotle, often called the philosopher's philosopher, conceived of the human being as a political animal whose life was spent in large measure in the pursuit of rational action that was purposeful, not only in terms of practical functions, but in terms of happiness. (Solomon and Higgins) This Aristotelian concept emphasizes virtue as a primary objective in all of human activities and considers humans as necessarily engaged in political activity as a direct consequence of living within organized social groups. This is a..."

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