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By Fred D. Miller, David Keyt

Aristotle's "Politics" is usually thought of to be a founding textual content of Western political philosophy. It defines man's dating to the country, the character of political neighborhood, the mechanisms of justice and a critique of the political stipulations of the time. The papers during this quantity were accrued including a view to offering a entire better half to the "Politics". One dates from the nineteenth century, 4 have been written especially for this quantity, and the remaining were revised and edited to fit the volume's wishes.

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Thus a lower stage of existence is not merely "for its own sake," but it is also a step to the next highest; and in this sense it is "for the sake of' another, and a means to it. Thus, we may say, to Aristotle all nature is a striving towards its highest form, and what we have seen in the development of man is true on this wider field. 9. 1 1 60a l 4-30 the State is distinguished from other communities by its aiming at good "for the whole of life," which makes the series of the Politics com plete.

I ts chief interest is that he attempts to put the question on a moral ground, and therefore in his attempt to d efe nd a bad cause falls into contradictions. He does not base slavery on poli tical utility, nor fortunately has he Biblical arguments at hand which he ca n call religious. I ts morality - and that to him was the deciding question depend s on the fact that some men are destitute of reason in the highest sense of the word; "those men who differ from others as widely as the body does from the soul , or a beast from a man (and men stand in such a relation when the use of their bodies is their function and the best thing that can be got out of them} , are by nature slaves" ( 1 .

1 326a3�b22. 3. 1265al 3--1 7. ARISTOTLE'S CONCEPTION OF TH E STATE 17 thei r pa rt sho uld be rewarded by their liberation. He does not admit that the slavery of men born to be free is j ustifiable, since, in his view, it is a violation of n at ure. But he definitely holds that there are men (apparently as a rule "barbarians"} whose right and natural destination is servitude; and he adopts the institution in his ideal state. I nto his analysis of slavery and his partial j ustification of it it is unnecessary to enter.

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