Molti Because they do not have the necessary things, they spend their time at work and do not desire the things of others; indeed, working is more pleasant to them than engaging in politics and ruling, where there are not great spoils to be gotten from office” (1318b9). Se il bene è il fine di ogni azione, il compito dell’etica sarà quello di In addition to combining elements from the institutions of democracy and oligarchy, the person wishing to create a lasting polity must pay attention to the economic situation in the city. So what is it that citizens share? changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. 4 A law-giver of Catana in Sicily, diffusamente della virtù, ma esprime la consapevolezza che non basti conoscerla The citizens, therefore, are those men who are “similar in stock and free,” (1277b8) and rule over such men by those who are their equals is political rule, which is different from the rule of masters over slaves, men over women, and parents over children. He elaborates on the content of this education, noting that it should involve the body as well as the mind. The correct regime of polity, highlighted in Book IV, is under political rule, while deviant regimes are those which are ruled as though a master was ruling over slaves. principale, che è la politica, la scienza architettonica in massimo grado. L’etica, d’altro canto, ha bisogno della politica, poiché quest’ultima [21]. Aristotle says “Most cities of this sort preserve themselves when at war, but once having acquired [imperial] rule they come to ruin; they lose their edge, like iron, when they remain at peace. commerciali per riceverne reciproco vantaggio. But this is wrong. For there is no benefit in the most beneficial laws, even when these have been approved by all those engaging in politics, if they are not going to be habituated and educated in the regime – if the laws are popular, in a popular spirit, if oligarchic, in an oligarchic spirit” (1310a13). His father was court physician to Amyntas III of Macedon, so Aristotle grew up in a royal household. See also Ross’ book on Aristotle below. And what is true for the individual is also true for the city. It would weaken attachments to other people and to the common property of the city, and this would lead to each individual assuming that someone else would care for the children and property, with the end result being that no one would. Finally, there are a number of controversies related to the text of the Politics in particular. It is here, and nowhere else, that the excellent man and the good citizen are the same. And here we see the link between ethics and politics in a different light: the role of politics is to provide an environment in which people can live fully human, ethical, and happy lives, and this is the kind of life which makes it possible for someone to participate in politics in the correct way. uomo con molti piedi, con molte mani, con molti sensi, […] un uomo con molte Enter a Perseus citation to go to another section or work. affronta nella Politica. Doing so requires him to explain the purpose of the city. percezione di sentimenti morali, come il bene e il male, il giusto e l’ingiusto. The family is only large enough to provide for the bare necessities of life, sustaining its members’ lives and allowing for the reproduction of the species. Therefore to hold women and property in common, as Socrates proposes, would be a mistake. Aristotle does not anywhere in his writings suggest that Athens is the ideal city or even the best existing city. Such men must be chosen extremely carefully: “Those who are going to rule in the authoritative offices ought to have three things: first, affection for the established regime; next, a very great capacity for the work involved in rule; third, virtue and justice – in each regime the sort that is relative to the regime…” (1309a33). In the remainder of Book V Aristotle discusses monarchy and tyranny and what preserves and destroys these types of regimes. For example, imagine someone writing the sentence “Ronald Reagan was the lastcompetent president of the United States.” It is copied by hand, and the person making the copy accidentally writes (or assumes that the author must have written) “Ronald Reagan was the leastcompetent president of the United States.” If the original is then destroyed, so that only the copy remains, future generations will read a sentence that means almost exactly the opposite of what the author intended. Another short (125 pages) introduction to Aristotle’s thought, with three sections: Wisdom and Science, Aristotle’s Ethics, and Politics. For example, in a democracy, citizens are paid to serve on juries, while in an oligarchy, rich people are fined if they do not. This work is licensed under a So the right size for the city is a moderate one; it is the one that enables it to perform its function of creating virtuous citizens properly. Women have their own role in the household, preserving what the man acquires. collettiva chi fonda la sua competenza su una scienza architettonica come la As has been mentioned above, in order to do this, he sent his students throughout Greece to collect information on the regimes and histories of the Greek cities, and he uses this information throughout the Politics to provide examples that support his arguments. In particular, his views on the connection between the well-being of the political community and that of the citizens who make it up, his belief that citizens must actively participate in politics if they are to be happy and virtuous, and his analysis of what causes and prevents revolution within political communities have been a source of inspiration for many contemporary theorists, especially those unhappy with the liberal political philosophy promoted by thinkers such as John Locke and John Stuart Mill. umano. Per quanto tutto questo ci debba molteplici, uno per ogni disciplina o attività, e risulta chiaro, poi, che Other people can become citizens by following the correct legal procedures for doing so. Since it is always the case that the poor are many while the wealthy are few, it looks like it is the number of the rulers rather than their wealth which distinguishes the two kinds of regimes (he elaborates on this in IV.4). When Aristotle talks about participation, he means that each citizen should participate directly in the assembly – not by voting for representatives – and should willingly serve on juries to help uphold the laws. Fortunately, the beginning student of Aristotle will not need to concern themselves much with these problems. However, keep in mind that Aristotle believes that human life has a telos and that the political community should provide education and laws that will lead to people pursuing and achieving this telos. leggi [10]. Aristoteles Politica 74. The discussion turns to “expertise in household management.” The Greek word for “household” is oikos, and it is the source of our word “economics.” In Aristotle’s day almost all productive labor took place within the household, unlike today, in modern capitalist societies, when it mostly takes place in factories, offices, and other places specifically developed for such activity. [6]. In Book II of the EthicsAristotle famously establishes the principle that virtue is a mean between two extremes. lo Stagirita tratta dello stato, come comunità perfetta che si propone This leads to further disagreement, because different authors translate Aristotle differently, and the way in which a particular word is translated can be very significant for the text as a whole. Therefore “the best city is happy and acts nobly. For more detail consult the works listed in the “Suggestions for further reading” below. This seems reasonable enough to the modern reader. Aristotle includes physical education, reading and writing, drawing, and music as subjects which the young potential citizens must learn. We will not examine the particulars of Aristotle’s view of each of these cities. Ha parlato He says: “The lesser engage in factional conflict in order to be equal; those who are equal, in order to be greater” (1302a29). in grado di contribuire sia alla formazione morale individuale che a quella Having seen Aristotle’s definition of the city and its purpose, we then get an example of Aristotle’s usual method of discussing political topics. bene per l’uomo; ciò a cui tende la politica è il più alto di tutti i beni That Aristotle believes slavery to be just and good for both master and slave in some circumstances is undeniable. For most people today, of course, the answer to this is obvious: slavery is not just, and in fact is one of the greatest injustices and moral crimes that it is possible to commit. è un fine desiderabile più degli altri, in quanto tutti gli altri, intermedi, The most important of these capacities is logos – a word that means “speech” and also means “reason” (it gives us the English word “logic”). Political and moral knowledge does not have the same degree of precision or certainty as mathematics. Third, Aristotle distinguishes between practical and theoretical knowledge in terms of the level of precision that can be attained when studying them. A very thorough introduction and commentary are included with this translation of the. It is certainly true that the city must be large enough to defend itself and to be self-sufficient, but “This too, at any rate, is evident from the facts: that it is difficult – perhaps impossible – for a city that is too populous to be well managed” (1326a26). What does justice require when political power is being distributed? la virtù ha come presupposto l’abitudine [20], perché compiendo abitudinariamente People in the middle class are free from the arrogance that characterizes the rich and the envy that characterizes the poor. What concerns us is the telos of a human being. (Recall that the Spartan education was also flawed because it neglected the women entirely). Courage, then, is a mean between the extremes of cowardice and foolhardiness. But such people should not be citizens, for (as we have discussed) they will lack the leisure and the intellect to participate in governing the city. Aristotle turns to this question in Chapter 2. In modern liberal democracies, of course, the ability of all to share in freedom and for each citizen to live as one wants is considered one of the regime’s strengths. Some in Aristotle’s time (and since) have suggested that holding property in common will lead to an end to conflict in the city. For many if not most people in such societies, the pursuit of wealth without limit is seen as not only acceptable but even admirable. Nevertheless, the author succeeds to a very great degree in delivering on the promise of the subtitle, expressing the basics of Aristotle’s thought in simple language using common examples and straightforward descriptions. The other pair, however, is that of “the naturally ruling and ruled, on account of preservation” (1252a30). The remainder of Book IV focuses on the kinds of authority and offices in the city and how these can be distributed in democratic or oligarchic fashion. For Aristotle, however, this is not the case. P. Cornelio Tacito - Dialogus de oratoribus. For those of us not living in the ideal regime, the ideal citizen is one who follows the laws and supports the principles of the regime, whatever that regime is. virtù, una vita felice. I have already noted the connection between ethics and politics in Aristotle’s thought. And even if there is no external surplus, “[N]otables who are refined and sensible will divide the poor among themselves and provide them with a start in pursuing some work” (1320b8). We do not get to decide what is right and wrong, but we do get to decide whether we will do what is right or what is wrong, and this is the most important decision we make in life. qui che, nel ragionamento aristotelico, l’etica si incontra con la politica. Ogni azione, compiuta Infatti, tale bene deve necessariamente essere oggetto della scienza individuale lo consegna alla politica, affinché lo persegua per tutti. It is important to remember that the city was not subordinate to a state or nation, the way that cities are today; it was sovereign over the territory that it controlled. ad un fine precedentemente individuato dalla morale. Ethics is primarily about the actions of human beings as individuals, and politics is about the actions of human beings in communities, although it is important to remember that for Aristotle the two are closely linked and each influences the other. First, there is disagreement about whether the books of the Politics are in the order that Aristotle intended. Aristotle’s theories about the best ethical and political life are drawn from substantial amounts of empirical research. alcuni fini non sono desiderati per se stessi, ma solo in vista di altri. U. S. A. (His particular concern is with the free men who are citizens). Those that live the lives of leisure that are open to citizens because of the labor performed by the non-citizens (again, including the women) are all similar to one another, and therefore the appropriate political arrangement for them is “in similar fashion to participate in ruling and being ruled in turn. diretta alla comunità intera, poiché un’educazione mirata alla persona Your current position in the text is marked in blue. Many people, Aristotle says, are confused about what this means. massa rispetto ai sapienti, ma talvolta ogni individuo ne ha percezioni e immagini Si tratta di ribadisce l’autore, richiamando egli stesso i suoi precedenti discorsi It is noteworthy that when Athens is considered following this discussion (in Chapter 12), Aristotle takes a critical view and seems to suggest that the city has declined since the time of Solon. For Aristotle, however, expertise in business is not natural, but “arises rather through a certain experience and art” (1257a5). He says at Ethics 1103b25: “The purpose of the present study [of morality] is not, as it is in other inquiries, the attainment of theoretical knowledge: we are not conducting this inquiry in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, else there would be no advantage in studying it.”. Because villages are larger than families, people can specialize in a wider array of tasks and can develop skills in things like cooking, medicine, building, soldiering, and so forth which they could not develop in a smaller group. gli esseri umani a creare associazioni insieme con i propri simili, legami che L’etica detiene il primato nel senso che avendo definito il bene [1252a] [1] Every state is as we see a sort of partnership, 1 and every partnership is formed with a view to some good (since all the actions of all mankind are done with a view to what they think to be good). Detailed, insightful, and as close to being comprehensive as anyone is likely to get in one book. They remained, and remain, so valuable in part because of the comprehensiveness of his efforts. Appare evidente che i fini sono socievole [12], portato per sua natura a vivere con gli altri e che ha bisogno

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