Critique of David Keyt. 1987. "Three Fundamental Theorems in Aristotle's Politics." Phronesis, 32.1:54-79. Keyt claims that Aristotle is committed to these three propositions: 1. The polis is a natural entity, coming to be and existing by nature. 2. A polis comes to be when a legislator imposes constitutional form on social matter by political art. 3. Nothin can come to be both as a natural entity and as a product of rational art. This paper surveys previous attempts to resolve the dilemma, then argues that Keyt relies too much on the idea that the polis is the consequence of an individual constitutive act; rather, intentional actions are woven into the process throughout its existence. The natural end of the polis is the good life, and bringing this about is a natural process.
Depew, David J., "Does Aristotle's Political Philosophy Rest on a Contradiction?" (1989). The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Newsletter. 96.