The Politics

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/15/1985
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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This new translation of one of the fundamental texts of Western political thought combines strict fidelity to Aristotle's Greek with a contemporary English prose style. Lord's intention throughout is to retain Aristotle's distinctive style. The accompanying notes provide literary and historical references, call attention to textual problems, and supply other essential information and interpretation. A glossary supplies working definitions of key terms in Aristotle's philosophical-political vocabulary as well as a guide to linguistic relationships that are not always reflected in equivalent English terms. Lord's extensive Introduction presents a detailed account of Aristotle's life in relation to the political situation and events of his time and then discusses the problematic character and history of Aristotle's writings in general and of thePoliticsin particular. Lord also outlines Aristotle's conception of political science, tracing its relation to theoretical science on the one hand and to ethics on the other. In conclusion, he briefly traces the subsequent history and influence of thePoliticsup to modern times. "Lord's translation is clearly the best available."Claremont Review

Author Biography

Carnes Lord is the author of Education and Culture in the Political Thought of Aristotle and coauthor, with Dain A. Trafton, of Tasso's Dialogues.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(24)
Note on the Text and Translation 25(2)
Analysis of the Argument 27(6)
The Politics
Notes 243(30)
Glossary 273(8)
Index of Names 281

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