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Aristotle b 384 - d 322 BC was a Greek philosopher logician and scientist Along with his teacher Plato Aristotle is generally regarded as one of the most influential ancient thinkers in a number of philosophical fields including political theory Aristotle was born in Stagira in northern Greece and his father was a court physician to the king of Macedon As a young man he studied in Platos Academy in Athens After Platos death he left Athens to conduct philosophical and biological research in Asia Minor and Lesbos and he was then invited by King Philip II of Macedon to tutor his young son Alexander the Great Soon after Alexander succeeded his father consolidated the conquest of the Greek city-states and launched the invasion of the Persian Empire Aristotle returned as a resident alien to Athens and was close friend of Antipater the Macedonian viceroy At this time 335-323 BC he wrote or at least completed some of his major treatises including the Politics When Alexander died suddenly Aristotle had to flee from Athens because of his Macedonian connections and he died soon after Aristotles life seems to have influenced his political thought in various ways his interest in biology seems to be expressed in the naturalism of his politics his interest in comparative politics and his sympathies for democracy as well as monarchy may have been encouraged by his travels and experience of diverse political systems he criticizes harshly while borrowing extensively from Platos Republic Statesman and Laws and his own Politics is intended to guide rulers and statesmen reflecting the high political circles in which he moved 1 Political Science in General o Supplement Characteristics and Problems of Aristotles Politics 2 Aristotles View of Politics o Supplement Presuppositions of Aristotles Politics 3 General Theory of Constitutions and Citizenship o Supplement Political Naturalism 4 Study of Specific Constitutions Glossary of Aristotelian Terms Bibliography Other Internet Resources
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