Democracy and the Perfect City Philosophy

NO SPACE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON NATURE OF GOOD LIFE
An Essay


NO SPACE FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE PERFECT CITY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON NATURE OF THE GOOD LIFE
Introduction

Al Farabi was one of the first leading philosopher and an Islamic intellectual who reflected on the views of Aristotle and Plato and imparted his insights to Islamic World. He was inspired by the views of Plato and Aristotle and framed his own views of what a perfect city would be like and in what sense it is perfect. This section describes the brief idea regarding the perfect city scenario and the role of democracy in the perfect city. (Hammond, 1947) As the role of democracy is diminished in the scenario of the perfect city and the nature of good life indicates a need for democracy, the views about what a perfect city really should be, contradict each other.
Thesis Statement
Due to the fact that the views are regarding the role of democracy in the perfect city and about free will in the nature of good life are contradictory, there is a need to deeply assess the views of Al Farabi.
Perfect City
This is the beginning of the analysis of concepts and the discussion is initiated by analyzing the concept of the perfect city according to Al Farabi and also how other philosophers described their views of an ideal state. The views about democracy will be analyzed as they are a part of the ignorant states by Al Farabi and why it is among the ignorant states will be derived. This is essential to analyze as many countries in the current time have democracies and how the theories told by Al Farabi are relevant in current time should be known.
Nature of the Good Life
The Nature of good life has been analyzed by many philosophers like Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and they all have given their views on what a good life actually is. (Teichmann, 2011)It is a conversation of wide scope and diversity considering the importance of this concept in the field of philosophy. The views of these great philosophers regarding “the good life” will be duly observed and analyzed.
Is Al Farabi’s Perfect City Really Perfect?
After introspection of both the concepts a discussion presenting the views in both theories will be the subject of contemplation and a possible conclusion will be reached through thorough discussion. This section will be the core discussion after the separate analysis of both the theories.
Conclusion
After a discussion covering all the involved concepts and an effort bring a solution to the hypothesis, this section will reflect briefly on the discussion attempted earlier and how the concepts relate to the current global scenario will be discussed briefly concluding the essay.

Bibliography
Hammond, R. (1947). The Philosophy of Alfarabi and Its Influence on Medieval Thought. Kessinger Publishing.
Teichmann, R. (2011). Nature, Reason, and the Good Life: Ethics for Human Beings. London: Oxford University Press.

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March 8, 2018

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