(Much indebted to my mentor Leo Strauss)
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
The founder of political science and its greatest exemplar is Aristotle, who wrote treatises on some 150 regimes. Alas, only fragments remain of what he wrote about Athens.
What Machiavelli, the father of modern political science, knows compared to Aristotle can be put on a postage stamp. The same may be said of postmodern political scientists vis-à-vis Machiavelli. Yes, unknown to Darwin, we have descended from Swift’s Brobdingnagians to Lilliputians to Yahoos.
Here, then, is a general outline of Aristotle’s political science, which I have distilled primarily from Book IV of his Politics.