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Höffe I 61
Equality/citizenship/communities/ristoteles/pöffe: [a peculiarity that is important for understanding Aristotle] is the small size of Greek communities. Furthermore, the legal system is much less regulated. Above all, there is a lack of professional judges and lawyers, which is a very positive development from a democratic point of view: because there is a lack of experts, the citizenry is not legally divided into two strictly separated groups, experts and laymen. Rather, all citizens are laymen, insofar as they are equal. While Plato wants to abolish this equality in the Politeia by introducing rulers educated in philosophy and not in law, Aristotle Aristotle, because of his rejection of Plato's Philosopher-King-Sentence, remains true to the democratic principle of his time, the equality of citizens. Cf. >Rule/Plato, >Inequality/Aristotle.


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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