On Aristotle: Saving Politics from Philosophy

On Aristotle: Saving Politics from Philosophy

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By (author) Alan Ryan

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  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 24mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 087140706X
  • ISBN 13: 9780871407061
  • Sales rank: 1,040,746

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In On Aristotle, Alan Ryan examines Plato's most famous student and sharpest critic. Aristotle was the first thinker to posit that a society should be ruled by laws and not men. His strongly empirical cast of mind was brought to bear on a stunning range of subjects and the resulting system dominated European thought from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries. Aristotle's meticulous thinking on the nature of human affairs, ethics, politics, citizenship and virtue in a civil society remains as vital today as it was in his own time. Including key sections from Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, Aristotle's only surviving works, with a new introduction by Alan Ryan and a chronology of the philosopher's life and works, On Aristotle contextualises Aristotle's views of government and the political community within the Ancient World.

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Alan Ryan was warden of New College, Oxford University and professor of political theory, he currently teaches politics at Princeton University.

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A compact and accessible introduction to Aristotle, whose thought, together with that of his teacher Plato, constitutes the bedrock of much of Western civilization . Ryan s erudite and engaging introduction is followed by substantial extracts from Aristotle s political works, making this text ideal for classroom use. "