Aristotle’s notion of common good

Kevin Ugochukwu Onwunali


Aristotle is one of the greatest political philosophers of Greek history. In his book, Politics, we read about Aristotle’s political treatise. His notion of the common good is depicted in his effort to portray what the ideal state should be. They could be inferred from his organization or arrangement and functions of the component parts of the state. Here, Aristotle made it explicit that man is made to live in the society and not in solitude. It is pertinent that man lives in a society, hence the name zoon politikon, that is, political animal or political being. It is from the natural origin that the state is later formed; that is from the family, the village, then many villages and finally the state. But the state is ordered to be self-sufficient. The current political challengings in the world can be addressed reasonably with the philosophical ideology of Aristotle. This paper intends to reveal this Aristotlean ideologies as a possible remedy to the current political problems in the world.


State. Citizens. Common good.

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