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Western Politics Ideas

Tyranny: A Tyrant or a Government with absolute power.

Unit 10.1.2

Democracy: Ruled by the people.

Aristotle's Politics

Socrates was the father of philosphy. All of the information that we have on him came from his student Plato.

Plato's Republic

Plato was a philosopher and he learned most of his techings from socarates. he found an academy in athens which was the first institution for higher learning in the western world. The Republic is a book by plato and is considered one of his greatest work in which he criticized democracy and discused the ideal government.Plato:-Tyranny was also seen as an step toward democracy because a tyrant often gained power with the support of the people. He also believed that if the ruler is given too much power, they will dictate.

" At first, in the early days of his power, is full of smiles... he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader",Republic(Plato).-This quote is from Plato's book called "The Republic". In this quote he is talking about tyranny. He is saying that when Tyrants are given too much power, they start making trouble for the people. "The heaviest penality for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself",Republic(Plato). - This quote os basically saying that if you don't participate in political activities, in the end you will end up being goverened by your inferiors.

Aristotle was a student of plato who eventually went on to be one of the most influencing philosopher. He talked about the ideas of logic and ethics. Aristotle wrote a book called "Politics" which questions the idea of democracy and logic. Aristotle:Aristotle stated that not only does a tyrant have too much power which causes them to act selfeshly and against the will of the people.

"... is just that arbitrary power of an individual which is responsible to no one, governs all ... with a view of its own advantage , not to that of its subjects, and therefore against their will",Politics(Aristotle).In this quote Aristotle is talking about the government and it serves everyone , but they use the power for themselves and against the people's will." One principle of liberty is for all to rule and be ruled in turn",Politics(Aristotle).In order to have liberty you should have the right to choose your lgovernment and also change it.

Western Politics Ideas Of The Rule Of Law And Ilegitimacy Of Tyranny


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