"Man is by nature a political animal"Aristotle
's treatise on political philosophy. Strike that, the
treatise on political philosophy, which, along with The Republic
, forms the foundation of all Western political thought.
This work contains examples of:
- Democracy Is Bad: Like Plato, Aristotle was not a fan of contemporary democracies, though he did acknowledge the possibility of their reformation to a form approximating his ideal state. Indeed, what we today call "democracy" is an approximation of the Aristotelian "polity": it has mass participation (although we have directly-elected legislatures rather than assemblies of the citizens), an elite check (the courts and unrepresentative upper houses like the Senate and House of Lords), and a single head (the president or prime minister, serving in the position of the monarch in the Aristotelian "polity").
- Happiness in Slavery: According to Aristotle, some people are born to serve others, and they are happy as slaves, because that's how they fill their role in the world.
- Hysterical Woman: It's argued that women are unfit to rule due to their deficient "temperament".
- Think of the Children!: In Book VII, which concerns the education of the young, Aristotle proposes the criminalisation of swearing in public, to protect young minds. He also proposes age restrictions on theatre attendance, in a much less extreme variation of the trope.