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Aristotle (384-322 BC) was born in Northern Greece. He moved to
Athens where he associated himself with Plato's academy. He later
became tutor to the young Alexander the Great at the Macedonian
court but returned to Athens in 335 to found his own school of
philosophy. Aristotle's basic political contention was that the
state is a natural entity and is the perfect form of human
community. This view of man's relation to the state has been one of
the most persistent in the history of political thought and has
been developed in many ways by a multitude of thinkers. [In his own
writings Aristotle developed and explained existing political
arrangements rather than offering radical alternatives, and this
conservative practicality was highly regarded by political thinkers
prior to 1789. On the other hand, the high evaluation which
Aristotle placed on the middle orders of society appeals to readers
of a more egalitarian age.] The articles in this scholarly
collection offer insights into many areas of Aristotle's work,
including forms of government, the place of the individual in
relation to the state and ethical, economic and sociological
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