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Aristotle's 'Politics' 2ed

by Aristotle University of Chicago Press
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One of the fundamental works of Western political thought, Aristotle’s masterwork is the first systematic treatise on the science of politics. For almost three decades, Carnes Lord’s justly acclaimed translation has served as the standard English edition. Widely regarded as the most faithful to both the original Greek and Aristotle’s distinctive style, it is also written in clear, contemporary English.

This new edition of the Politics retains and adds to Lord’s already extensive notes, clarifying the flow of Aristotle’s argument and identifying literary and historical references. A glossary defines key terms in Aristotle’s philosophical-political vocabulary. Lord has made revisions to problematic passages throughout the translation in order to enhance both its accuracy and its readability. He has also substantially revised his introduction for the new edition, presenting an account of Aristotle’s life in relation to political events of his time; the character and history of his writings and of the Politics in particular; his overall conception of political science; and his impact on subsequent political thought from antiquity to the present. Further enhancing this new edition is an up-to-date selected bibliography.

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations of Aristotle’s Works
Introduction: Aristotle’s Politics: Living Well and Living TogetherI. Six Chapters to Living Well and Living TogetherII. Book IV.1–2: The Four Kinds of Best and Aristotle’s Four CausesIII. Ethics and PoliticsIV. What Can the Politics Tell Us About Politics?1. Book I: Slavery and the Will to PowerI. Slavery: Incomplete Actions and Incomplete SoulsII. Slavery and SlavishnessIII. DespotismIV. Slavery, Despotism, and Human NatureV. Natural Rulers, Political and DespoticVI. Thumos: Domination and FriendshipVII. Aristotle’s Slavery and Contemporary Problems2. Book II: Aristotle’s State as a Work of ArtI. The Ideal State and Its ProblemsII. Property and a Unified PolisIII. Private Property, Ancient and ModernIV. Property versus Education as a Unifying ForceV. The Modesty and Ambition of the PoliticsVI. Politics as Practical, not ProductiveVII. From the Preface to Politics to Politics Itself3. The Justice of Book III and the Incompleteness of the NormativeI. Aristotle versus Liberalism: The Right and the GoodII. The Meaning of “Form” in Book IIIIII. The Definition of “Citizen”: Book III.1–3IV. The Good Man and the Good Citizen: Book III.4–5V. The Kinds of Constitutions: Book III.6–8VI. Justice as Proportional to Merit: Book III.9–13VII. The Rule of the Best versus the Rule of Law: Book III.14–18VIII. Conclusion4. Practical Knowledge and the Four Orientations to the Best 107I. The Kinds of Constitutions: Book IV.3–10II. Polity and the Best in GeneralIII. The Best in Particular Circumstances: Book IV.12–13IV. Formal Possibilities and the Best in Particular Circumstances: Book IV.14–16V. Conclusion5. Factions and the Paradox of Aristotelian Practical ScienceI. Asymmetries, Epistemological and EthicalII. Faction and Constitutional ChangeIII. Book V.1–4: Faction in GeneralIV. Book V.4: A Fifth Cause?V. Book V.5–7: Faction and Particular ConstitutionsVI. Book V.8–9: Preservation (and Improvement?)VII. Preserving the Constitution and the Arts of AppearanceVIII. Stopping Factions versus Preserving the ConstitutionIX. The Revolt of the JustX. Political Philosophy: Inside or Outside the Polis?XI. Philosophy and Phronēsis: Logos andĒthos6. The Best Life and the Common LifeI. Book VII.1II. Nature versus JusticeIII. Book VII.2IV. Book VII.3V. Book VII.4–7VI. Book VII.8VII. Book VII.13VIII. Book VIII: Virtue and MusicIX. The Ideal and the PracticalConclusion: People as Political AnimalsNotesWorks CitedIndex

Carnes Lord is professor of strategic leadership at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is the author of Education and Culture in the Political Thought of Aristotle and The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now, among other works.