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Aristotle's ""Best Regime: Kingship, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (Political Traditions in Foreign Policy)

Bates, Clifford Angell, Jr.

Editore: Louisiana State Univ Pr, 2003
ISBN 10: 0807128309 / ISBN 13: 9780807128305
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Titolo: Aristotle's ""Best Regime: Kingship, ...

Casa editrice: Louisiana State Univ Pr

Data di pubblicazione: 2003

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Riassunto: The collapse of the Soviet Union and other Marxist regimes around the world seems to have left liberal democracy as the only surviving ideology, and yet many scholars of political thought still find liberal democracy objectionable, using Aristotle's POLITICS to support their views. In this detailed analysis of Book 3 of Artitotle's POLITICS, Clifford Bates challenges these scholars, demonstrating that Aristotle was actually a defender of democracy.

Proving the relevance of classical political philosophy to modern democratic problems, Bates argues that Aristotle not only defends popular rule but suggests that democracy, restrained by rule of law, is the best form of government. According to Aristotle, because human beings are naturally sociable, democracy is the regime that best helps man reach his potential; and because of human nature, it is inevitable democracies will prevail.

Bates explains why Aristotle's is a sound position between two extremes--participatory democracy, which romanticizes the people, and elite theory, which underrates them. His fresh interpretation rests on innovative approaches to reading Book 3--which he deems vital to understanding all of Aristotle's POLICTICS. Examining the work in the original Greek as well as in translation, he addresses the questions of the historical Aristotle versus the posited Aristotle, the genre and structure of the text, and both the theoretical and dialogic nature of the work. Charting Aristotle's rhetorical strategies, Bates shows that Book 3 is not simply a treatise but a series of dialogues that develop a nuanced defense of democratic rule.

Bates's accessible and faithful exposition of Aristotle's work confirms that the philosopher's teachings are not merely of historical interest but speak directly to liberal democracy's current crisis of self-understanding.

Political Traditions in Foreign Policy; Kenneth W. Thompson, Editor

L'autore: A native of Rhode Island, Clifford Angell Bates, Jr., is lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and the American Studies Center of Warsaw University in Poland.

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