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|Aristotle's Politics is a treatise on the subject of political science and government and is considered to be one of the greatest works on the subject from classical antiquity.|
|Aristotle remarked that whoever could live outside the polis — the city, or the civic |
relationship or the community of citizens - was either a beast or a god. Although
both the Greek city states and the Roman Republic were destroyed, the memory
|One who is incapable of participating or who is in need of nothing through being |
self-sufficient is no part of a city, and so is either a beast or a god. Aristotle Politics
1253a25-30 remain a human outside of it aristotle formulates this by saying ...
|The man who is isolated — who is unable to share in the benefits of political |
association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient — is no
part of the polis, and must therefore be "either a beast or a god."6 One of those
|In a class of mine a few years ago, a student replied to Aristotle's challenge by |
stating that being either a beast or a God sounded pretty good to him! An
amusing comment, but nevertheless indicative of a widespread cynicism that
exists about ...
|Gods,. Beasts,. and. Political. Animals. If Odysseus evinces something |
approaching disdain at the Cyclopes' lack of ... Those that are literally "beasts or
gods" are disqualified from the possibility of political partnership through either
|Aristotle said truly that such a being must be "either a beast or a god."1 Such a |
being could have no ideal self. He must either have realized his ideal like a god,
or have no ideal to realize like a beasb For our ideal self finds its embodiment in
|As the first great empirical political scientist, Aristotle, noted, one who lives |
outside society is either a beast or a god, for surely he cannot be termed a man.
Indeed, the strange tales we have, both apocryphal and true, of wolf children
|Aristotle's familiar claim— that the one who is not in community must be either a |
beast or a god— applies here. Neither a god nor a beast has language. For a
god, everything is known at once; there is no need to learn, and thus no place for
|He must be, as Aristotle wrote, "either a beast or a god."9 IN THE TRADITIONAL |
understanding, then, polity was both possible and necessary for human beings
because, while we are not gods, neither are we animals. And if one began with ...