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Department
Political Science
Course
PO110
Professor
Christopher Anderson
Semester
Fall

Description
Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who believed that humans are political and yet rational, and that he could find the best way to govern ourselves. He lived in a time of chaos (431 BC) and wanted to know how we could live a more stable life. Aristotle examined 158 political communities and classified them in terms of whether there was rule by a single person, rule by few, or rule by many. He found all of these were good forms of government if the rulers worked toward the common good and governed in a lawful manner. If they acted arbitrary for its own interests, their government could be seen as a bad or “perverted” government. Aristotle viewed democracy as a perverted form of government in which the poor, being the majority, governed in their own interest by taking away the property of the rich. Therefore, d
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