October 7, 2013
Aristotle: The Politics
Book 1: Chapter 2
Aristotle’s view on the state is that every community is built with the idea or goal
of “good”.According toAristotle, this “good” can only be found through communities.
Aristotle believes that humans naturally care about the image they present to others, and
in doing so, cannot exist without one another. He believes that the city-state is the
creation of human intelligence, and that the ultimate good may not be the same for all,
but everyone believes in an ultimate good.
The state, whichAristotle speaks of, is a community that includes villages and
households. It is the people’s ability to be happy, all the while reaching the highest level
of understood “good”. The state allows for self-sufficiency and self-sufficiency only
becomes abandoned when the individual is isolated, therefore out of the state. The state is
made up of several villages that come together seeking a life full of good.
Many, as opposed to the village or household whom are governed by one, govern
the state in a democratic government. Households are created by partnerships of man and
female who come together to serve everyday needs.Avillage consists of a community of
many households, or a family. Rulers are passed on through blood, therefore not correctly
earning the position. In the state, justice is used to determine the rulers. In other
associations the idea o