Aristotle on the Rule of Law v. Rule of Men

aristotleDabbling in the Classics, Aristotle

Aristotle warned of the dangers that arise when a government of laws is corrupted by a government of men. In his Politics, Aristotle praises the rule of law and says this:

Therefore, he who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and Reason alone rule, but he who bids man rule adds an element of the beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire.


Source:  Aristotle (384-322 BC), “Politics.”


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