Plato's "Republic" and Aristotle's "Politics" Term Paper by Meg

Plato's "Republic" and Aristotle's "Politics"
A look at Aristotle's criticisms of Plato's view on politics, based on his "Politics" Book II.
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Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Political Science (Political Theory)

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The paper examines how Plato's "Republic" faced some sharp criticism from Aristotle in his "Politics". The paper explains how Aristotle focused on ethics and political philosophy, with the belief that the politician's social life was not to be considered during the making of the constitution. The paper contrasts this to Plato who primarily focused on the regime, the highest goals of justice and the individual's social virtues. The paper goes on to detail the various areas of Plato's work that were criticized by Aristotle.

From the Paper:

"The original idea of politics stemmed from Socrates and it was then taken up by Plato in his anthology of the Republic where he based his views on the subject on moral knowledge and abstract reasoning rather than experience and concrete living. By developing different aspects of politics, Plato's Republic became the most important Socratic dialogue that was ever written explaining the theory of politics. His writings dealt with the souls of human beings which were termed to be the levels where individuals made choices on what they wanted to become in future. The Republic described justice as the ultimate form of being human and the ideal that every human being should strive to achieve in life (Plato, 2009).
"Plato understood justice to encompass more than social virtues that dealt with the relationships between people. He viewed social virtues in justice as those that made it possible for people to build their own regimes whether social or political and achieve happiness after building these regimes. Plato's Republic therefore became a political piece of literary work that dealt with the social virtues that individuals should have to achieve happiness and social contentment with their lives."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aristotle, W.E., (2006). Politics. Middlesex, UK: The Echo Library
  • Plato (2009). The republic. New York, US: Kaye Dreams Novel Art

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