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Plato’s “Republic” in Aristotle’s “Politics”

July 16th, 2004 | 2 min read

By Andrew Selby

In the third book of Aristotle’s Politics, he sets forth his ideal government. In order to find the best one, he informs the reader that he will exposit and reject several theories by other prominent philosophers. He begins, naturally, with Plato’s ideal city. He proceeds to tear apart the idea, arguing that it is impossible to break the family apart since it is a natural part of the whole state.

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