Single Idea 2822

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

The state exists not for the purpose of living together but for the sake of noble actions.

Clarification

'Noble' is the Greek word 'kalon', also translated as 'fine' or 'beautiful'

Gist of Idea

The state exists not for community, but for noble actions

Source

Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1281a02)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.198