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What Is Politics Due to the great interest this English class has on the subject of politics I was inspired to define it In hearing the word politics what usually springs to mind are images of government politicians and their policies or more negatively the idea of corruption and dirty tricks The actual definition seems to have been obscured and almost lost by such representations and clichs that tend not to pinpoint the true essence which defines this thing called politics In order to make an attempt at a definition of politics a systematic approach is required To begin with a brief historical overview will be considered to understand the origins of politics Following this different core concepts which are imperative to a definition of politics will be discussed in the hope to discover a true and fair interpretation of the word politics The word politics comes from the Greek word polis meaning the state or community as a whole The concept of the polis was an ideal state and came from the writings of great political thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle In his novel The Republic Plato describes the ideal state and the means to achieve it Hence the word politics originally has connotations in the ways in which to create the ideal society An ideal society is in practice a rather difficult aim and even an impossible aim to achieve Politics implies measures which could and should in the views of their devisor be implemented in the hope to create a better society than that which is already present The very fact that Plato and Aristotle saw imperfections in the societies in which they lived prompted them to write their political philosophies These philosophies provided the first written recognition of politics Aristotle believed that man is a political animal in another words it lies deep within the instinct of man It is almost primal so according to Aristotle
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