Eiuol Posted February 7, 2022 Report Share Posted February 7, 2022 Politics translated by Joe Sachs This book doesn't seem to be compiled very well, but it is the form that exists. Some of it is about normative claims regarding politics, and other parts are descriptive claims and observations about government. Book I 1 - The most sovereign of all associations is the city. 2 – That which has the power to look into the future by thinking is a natural master, but carrying this out is naturally slavish. A city is more primary than a household, and a household is more primary than an individual. This isn't to say that the collective supersedes the individual, but that the activities of a city are where the activities of individuals move towards. So this may be like how the body overall is more primary than the cells that comprise it. A complete human is the best animal, but separate from the law, he is him the worst. 4 – If labor were automated like robots, there would be no need for subordinates. A household manager uses slaves as instruments over other instruments. As the instruments of the master, they are possessions. 5 - A slave is like a tame animal. 7 - The relationship between slave and master should be mutual. It should not be merely dominance from the master, but something that benefits both people given their capacities. 8 – The social structures of animals seems to be different because of food. Consider the social lives of lions compared to the social lives of sheep. 11 – The story of Thales when he was told that philosophy was useless, so that winter he invested in all the olive trees based on philosophical reasoning, and became rich by predicting opportunity in the future. 13 – Aristotle says that slaves don’t deliberate, women deliberate without authority, children have incomplete deliberation. Women should be educated in politics because their children are what make up a city. Book II 2 - A city cannot be one in a platonic way, because it is many people. Households are more singular, and individualss more so. A city is when an association of multiplicity that is self-sufficient. 5 – Aristotle mentions 3 ways property is divided. Private property and common stock. Common property and private stock Common property and common stock The people who work the land should not be those who take from the common stock because otherwise they will disagree with others about what they deserve. Those who work the land would believe that they deserve more from the common stock. 7 - Wealth is not always good for a city because it gives an incentive for others to attack. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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