March 31 2011 POL200Y
•Ch12 -13 Family
-Rule of husband over wife (political) and permanent
-Rule of parents over children (kingly or monarchial)
-Alleged inequality of husband to wife, his response was that it’s because of their
lack of intelligence within their souls. Meaning women are not governed by
reason but by passions. (Natural superiority of men to women)
•Subject of the best regime (politea)
-What kind of society/regime is the best?
οDistribution of power in the city
οDiff regimes = diff purposes
οRegime differences = different ends
-We take democracy for granted when it’s just another regime for Aristotle
•The city is a partnership (what kind of partnership, partnership in what? All things?
-Partnership in ALL things
•Why might he take socrates’ proposals seriously like it’s practical?
-He scrutinizes Republic and takes Socrates as his own character
-The Politics takes proposals for cities in a practical perspective
•City is many-ness rather than oneness
- (for the sake of sufficiency) it requires difference rather than sameness so city is
not of unity but a complex partnership
•Women and children
-Everything is equally everyone’s but not exclusively someone’s
-everyone is everyone’s (Plato)
- (Aristotle) you have some of your own rather than shared by everyone else cause
you can be affectionate to your relatives and family, if everyone is shared by
everyone they will be indifferent to everyone.
•Affection is the greatest good in the city
•No car is more yours than anybody else’s – private property
-Helps practice the virtue of abstainin g from other’s property and virtue of
generosity with what belongs to you
-No worries about who takes cares of what if people has their own stuff cause
private property decides that