Monday, July 3, 2017

"Political ideals"

“POLITICAL ideals will vary according to men’s views on human destiny. Those who are persuaded that the purpose of life is pleasure, or power, or honour, will reckon that State best arranged in which they can live comfortably, or acquire great wealth, or achieve great power and lord it over many. Others who think that the crowning good of virtue is the purpose of our present life will want an arrangement under which men can live virtuously and peaceably together. In short, political judgment will be settled by the sort of life a man expects and proposes to lead by living in a community.”

~St. Thomas Aquinas: Commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Politics,’ Book II, lect. 1.

Politics by Aristotle, by French MINIATURIST.
14th century, Manuscript (MS RL 11202);
Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels.

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