Citations of this work, as with the rest of the works of Aristotle , are often made by referring to the Bekker section numbers. Politics spans the Bekker sections a to b. He states that this city and other cities like it are designed and created with the purpose of achieving happiness or something good. He compares that to the acts of all humans as he says that all human actions have a positive intention.
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I was first introduced to the seminal work in my discipline in the fall of Junior year as an undergraduate. I was a poor student who bought the cheapest books I could off of Amazon so I ended up with a yellowed Penguin Classics paperback copy. Aristotle was interesting, but largely failed to make an impression. The binding was falling apart, the print was small, and I had a full class load.
It was a book I wanted to hurry to finish because it was not enjoyable to look at and read. Lesson to be learned: put money into getting a good, new edition of a book that is considered essential, it will make you want to read it. Two for the price of one. Indeed, you get two parallel works to read here. Carnes Lord is a scholar of exceptional ability as he walks the reader through the intricacies of the old philosopher.
And I have never read footnotes with closer attention than with this work. Aristotle makes several references to obscure figures and historical events of his day that none but the most well versed of classicists can understand. Free is rarely best. I had my iPad with me, so I quickly opened iBooks and downloaded a free version of the book so I could follow along. It was awful. Real books still matter. In an era of free ebooks, paperbacks, and used books galore, it is very tempting for cash strapped students to not make the money investment in books when they can be had for so much less.
However, this runs the risk of making crucial elements of your education less accessible to yourself. Share this:.
ARISTOTLE THE POLITICS CARNES LORD PDF
Book Review: Carnes Lord’s Translation of Aristotle’s Politics