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Author Bates, Clifford Angell.

Title Aristotle's "best regime" : kingship, democracy, and the rule of law / Clifford Angell Bates
Published Baton Rouge ; [London] : Louisiana State University Press, [2003]


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Description x, 234 pages ; 23 cm
Series Political traditions in foreign policy series
Political traditions in foreign policy series.
Contents I. The City, the Citizen, and the Regime. 1. The City. 2. The Citizen. 3. The Regime -- II. The First Peak: Popular Rule. 4. Aristocracy As the Best Regime. 5. The Problem with Politeia As Polity in Politics. 6. The Political Excellence of the Many: A Reexamination of Politics 3.9-13. 7. Does Aristotle Underrate Democracy? A Reevaluation of Nicomachean Ethics 8.10.1160B19-21 -- III. The Second Peak: The Three Logoi of the Pambasileia. 8. On Kingship. 9. Frist Logos (1286a7-b40). 10. Second Logos (1287a1-b35). 11. Third Logos (1287b36-1288a30)
Summary "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 Aristotle's work, Clifford Angell Bates, Jr., 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 the 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-230) and index
Subject Aristotle.
Aristotle. Politics. Book 3.
Aristotle -- Political and social views.
Rule of law.
Political science.
LC no. 2002012167
ISBN 0807128333 pb. alkaline paper
0807128309 cloth alkaline paper