Posts tagged "Aristotle"
Political Animals and the Philosopher King: 9 Thoughts from Book One of Aristotle's Politics

Political Animals and the Philosopher King: 9 Thoughts from Book One of Aristotle’s Politics

In the development of political philosophy, few works have played “such an important role in the social and political life of the Christian West” as Aristotle’sPolitics.
Patriotism Is Not Enough: 7 Comments On Being a Good Man and a Good Citizen

Patriotism Is Not Enough: 7 Comments On Being a Good Man and a Good Citizen

"Regime means simultaneously the form of the life of a society , its style of life, its moral taste, form of society, form of state, form of government, spirit of laws."
The Best Regime: 5 Thoughts on Classical Political Philosophy

The Best Regime: 5 Thoughts on Classical Political Philosophy

"Classical political philosophy is guided by the question of the best regime." - Leo Strauss.
6 Books for a Proper Introduction to Catholic Political Thought

6 Books for a Proper Introduction to Catholic Political Thought

The following works have been selected because they share the common theme of addressing Catholic political thought within the longstanding tradition of the Catholic Church. The works address what Spinoza entitled the theologico-political problem.
Pope Benedict XVI's 11 Introductory Steps to Understanding the Writings of Aquinas

Pope Benedict XVI’s 11 Introductory Steps to Understanding the Writings of Aquinas

"In Aquino moreover, on that same day, again with reference to St Thomas, Paul VI said, "all of us who are faithful sons and daughters of the Church can and must be his disciples, at least to some extent!"
Our Guide Through Modernism: 12 Teachings from Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas

Our Guide Through Modernism: 12 Teachings from Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas

"The main reason for this appreciation is not only explained by the content of his teaching but also by the method he used, especially his new synthesis and distinction between philosophy and theology."
Eucharistic Soul: 9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas

Eucharistic Soul: 9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas

Listers, Pope Benedict XVI describes St. Thomas Aquinas as having an “exquisitely Eucharistic soul.” The following is taken from a talk delivered by the Holy Father on June 2nd, 2010 and he also delivered a follow up on June 16th of the same year. The former is focused more as a basic introduction to the life...
Understanding Aristotle: 22 Definitions from The Politics

Understanding Aristotle: 22 Definitions from The Politics

It would be difficult to overestimate the influence Aristotle's Politics has had in shaping the Christian West. Whether it be the Saints who drew from his natural wisdom, or the early modern philosophers who held him as their foil, the West has always been in dialogue with Aristotle's political thought.
7 Introductory Catholic Thoughts on Machiavelli's The Prince

7 Introductory Catholic Thoughts on Machiavelli’s The Prince

The term Machiavellian is synonymous with cunning and unscrupulous political action. In general, Machiavelli is seen as the philosopher who separated morality from politics and advocated the "end justifies the means" principle to govern political thought. At worst, he sometimes seen as the thinker who freed political thought from religion and other superfluous external moral...