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Politics: A Treatise on Government: A Powerful Work by Aristotle (Timeless Classic Books) Paperback – August 28, 2010
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Translator and scholar S. H. Butcher served as editor for the Dover Thift Edition of the "Poetics," as well as for the "Orationes, Volume 1" by Demosthenes. Butcher is also the author of "Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art,"
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The work itself is very interesting. I had read Aristotle's Ethics not too long ago and recognized his distinctive style of categorizing things in very logical ways. I would recommend reading Plato's works on politics prior to reading this book since the author spends a lot of time critiquing his works. He also refers to a lot of historical figures, so a good background in Greek history may be useful, though not necessary.
I found his descriptions of governments to fit well with small city-states as were common in ancient Greece. He did not go into a lot of detail on how to adapt these governments to the scale we are used to today.
Overall, this book is a good read for anyone interested in politics. Several principles he covers are valid today and one can learn much from his thoughts. One must read it with the understanding that he lived in a totally different world where slavery was acceptable and universal suffrage was considered dangerous. Therefore his definition of a democracy varies quite a bit from the modern definition. I'm also surprised by how much he feels government should get involved in peoples lives, including what and how to teach children and determine for them which career they should be in. Shades of Plato, though not as extreme.
I am attracted to folks who can explain complex ideas simply and Aristotle seems able to do that. Some of the stuff is outdated (for example his opinion on marriage) but helps explain other literature.
His take on government is fascinating. In his opinion there are only three forms of government divided into two classes. The two classes are more important than the three forms in that the classes determine who benefits from the rule. You'll have to read the book to find out the rest.
What did you dislike - Nothing
To whom would you recommend this product - Anyone interested
Much better than some of the modern approaches - which are generally too "self-important" writings.
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