At the outset of his classic treatise on political matters, Aristotle says that in order to learn about the origin and purpose of the city (polis) one must first examine its components: the family and the village. The natural reliance of family members upon one another and the similarly natural reliance of families upon one another in communities causes Aristotle to famously conclude that “man is by nature a political animal.” This leads him to the provocative claim that “while [the city] comes into existence for the sake of mere life, it exists for the sake of the good life.”
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The Politics, Aristotle, (Penguin Classics, 1981).
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