Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics” by Thomas Pangle

Pangle, Thomas. Aristotle’s Teaching in the “Politics.” Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

In this work, Thomas Pangle offers a detailed, brilliant interpretation of Aristotle’s Politics, that argues, among other things, that “Aristotle’s public theorizing about political practice is a highly self-conscious form of political practice, of intervention in political life.”

See also Mark Blitz’s Review of Pangle’s book in the Claremont Review of Books.

Excerpt of the review:

“One virtue of Pangle’s attention to Aristotle’s modes of educating is that he tries to make, and succeeds in making, a good case for the order and completeness of the Politics’ books and sentences as they come down to us in the manuscript tradition. Anything that one thinks to be misplaced or a later interpolation can be well explained. The possible exception is the apparently truncated Book 8, and here Pangle wonders whether Aristotle believed he could conclude early because his discussion has little to add to Plato’s Laws. In general, Pangle presents Aristotle’s arguments as much closer to Plato’s than is often claimed.”