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The Politics

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Twenty-three centuries after its compilation, 'The Politics' still has much to contribute to this central question of political science. Aristotle's thorough and carefully argued analysis is based on a study of over 150 city constitutions, covering a huge range of political issues in order to establish which types of constitution are best - both ideally and in particular circumstances - and how they may be maintained. Aristotle's opinions form an essential background to the thinking of philosophers such as Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli and Jean Bodin and both his premises and arguments raise questions that are as relevant to modern society as they were to the ancient world.

From Publishers Weekly

21 March 2011 – This much-awaited debut from critic, translator, and Slavic-lit scholar Paloff combines an articulate sadness with an almost playful devotion to classical and philosophical texts. "If anything happens to you here," Paloff warns, "no one will help you. No matter what/ happens, refuse to take the stage in the theater they've made of your temple." Such bracing advice—delivered, like most of these poems, in subdued, long-lined free verse—comes at the end of a poem called "Maimonides on the Indestructibility of the Universe"; the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, the Roman thinker and playwright Seneca, the classical historian Xenophon, the Greek poet Archilochus, and other such personages wander through Paloff's poems, providing the seeds from which his own sentences grow. Loss—political, romantic, existential—pervades every object, every figure: "The hardwood paneling in the southern courtroom encodes another way to be dead, someone is hard at work encoding everything that's said, and another is doing his darndest not to judge." Paloff gets plenty of ideas into his lines; sometimes he risks a philosophizing monotony. The best parts find room for sensuous invention, too: "The day is more radiation than matter, the black hole a sign/ for what is not allowed."
The Politics
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • Published: 17 September 1981
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
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