Arendt – Political Action and Plurality

For Arendt, there is something deeply wrong for her with political thought, and the history of political philosophy is the history of attempting to escape from essentially the political. For most of its history, western philosophy was neglected while being hostile to practical affairs and particularly to political affairs and the world of humans. Arendt …

The Republic X – Why did Plato Banish The Poets from his Ideal State?

In book X of The Republic, Plato holds the argument the artists should be banished from the ideal state. To explain why Plato argues this we must first look at how his ideal state is categorized. Three major classes uphold this ideal which corresponds to three parts of the soul (reason, spirited element, bodily appetites). …

Plato vs. Aristotle – Happiness, Virtue, a Just Society

  Aristotle and Plato hold different models of what they consider ethical and moral grounds. And both set out to find the ideal society which would enable us to attain the best human life possible. First, we must understand what happiness means to these philosophers. Eudaimonia, (Aristotle's term for the highest good, personal happiness to …