Politics


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(4.5 stars; 32 reviews)

The Politics, by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, is one of the most influential texts in political philosophy. In it, Aristotle explores the role that the political community should play in developing the virtue of its citizens. One of his central ideas is that "Man is a political animal," meaning that people can only become virtuous by active participation in the political community. Aristotle also criticizes his teacher Plato, classifies and evaluates six different types of constitutions and political institutions, and describes his vision of the ideal state. Aristotle's views on women and slavery are unenlightened by today's standards, but his work remains enduring and relevant to this day.
(Summary by Leon Mire)

(9 hr 14 min)

Chapters

Book One, Sections I-V 17:21 Read by ontheroad
Book One, Sections VI-IX 18:45 Read by ontheroad
Book One, Sections X-XIII 16:50 Read by Doug Wetzel
Book Two, Sections I-IV 17:19 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
Book Two, Sections V-VI 21:17 Read by Laura Caldwell
Book Two, Sections VII-VIII 18:18 Read by Laura Caldwell
Book Two, Sections IX-X 20:11 Read by Jennifer
Book Two, Sections XI-XII 14:19 Read by Jennifer
Book Three, Sections I-IV 17:04 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Three, Sections V-IX 19:03 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Three, Sections X-XIII 21:28 Read by Anna Simon
Book Three, Sections XIV-XVIII 22:30 Read by Anna Simon
Book Four, Sections I-IV 24:25 Read by Anna Simon
Book Four, Sections V-X 17:54 Read by Anna Simon
Book Four, Sections XI-XIII 15:52 Read by Anna Simon
Book Four, Sections XIV-XVI 22:18 Read by Anna Simon
Book Five, Sections I-IV 20:57 Read by Leon Mire
Book Five, Sections V-VII 18:02 Read by Leon Mire
Book Five, Sections VIII-IX 15:28 Read by Leon Mire
Book Five, Section X 16:09 Read by Leon Mire
Book Five, Sections XI-XII 22:09 Read by Leon Mire
Book Six, Sections I-IV 18:37 Read by Leon Mire
Book Six, Sections V-VIII 19:52 Read by Leon Mire
Book Seven, Sections I-III 16:23 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Seven, Sections IV-IX 20:39 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Seven, Sections X-XII 12:47 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Seven, Sections XIII-XIV 14:10 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Seven, Sections XV-XVII 15:47 Read by Sibella Denton
Book Eight, Sections I-IV 18:23 Read by Robert Scott
Book Eight, Sections V-VII 20:33 Read by Sibella Denton

Reviews

so this guy basically outlines all the problems with modern government it’s pit…

(5 stars)

not exactly PC

(4 stars)

This book has little chance of being assigned in an undergraduate course of any kind, owing to Aristotle's regard for women and slaves. It's basically a critique of Plato's Republic. The audiobook is mostly good, except for book VIII, sections I-IV, which are unlistenable.

Decent copy

(3.5 stars)

Some of the speakers were a bit slow, but this was a decent translation and easy to understand while dozing.