What Is Aristotle's Argument About Government

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In Politics, Aristotle offers an argument about government that differs greatly from the argument his teacher, Plato, presented in the Republic. Instead of there being one single correct way of forming a government, Aristotle argues that certain constitutions are more appropriate than others depending on the content of each city. He asserts that “kinds of people which constitute each city are bound to be different” therefore one type of government will not fit all cities (1290a3). These differences include the type of households, economic status, occupation, type of wealth etc. (1289b27-1290a3). Although the goal of a city is the good life for all it’s citizens, there are many ways to achieve this depending on the individuals involved (1281a2).

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