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The thesis of this paper is that, contrary to the common reading of Book III of the Politics, the constitution identified by Aristotle as best in this book is the ideal constitution of Book VII. I present my argument for this thesis in the first part of the paper, where I examine Aristotle’s statements about the best polis, the most important of which is Aristotle’s final word on the matter, at the end of Book III. In the second part of the paper, I examine and criticize the most comprehensive argument for the common reading of Book III, presented in Richard Kraut’s recent work on the Politics.


Denis Vlahovic presented “Politics III on he ariste Politeia” to the Society at its meeting with the Pacific Division in Pasadena in 2004.

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