Single Idea 2823

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

It is possible that the many, not one of whom taken singly is a sound man, may yet, taken all together, be better than the few, not individually but collectively.

Gist of Idea

The many may add up to something good, even if they are inferior as individuals

Source

Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1281b01)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.202