Q: What translation do you recommend?
A: I recommend and use the Carnes Lord translation, 2nd edition.
Q: What commentary/guide do you recommend or use?
A: I recommend and use Thomas Pangle's guide called Aristotle's Teaching in the Politics. But this is such a famous book with so much written about it that once you master the fundamentals, you can start to study the long tradition of commentaries at your leisure.
Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
A: This is a self-paced course with no time limit on your course access.
Q: Are there any prerequisites?
A: No! Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's something to learn from this course. You'll notice in the curriculum that there's some bonus material to help you understand Aristotle's Ethics, which is related to the Politics, and parts of Plato's Republic that are relevant to the text.
Q: Is Aristotle still relevant?
A: Absolutely. You'll be surprised!
Q: Why is there a picture of Leo Strauss's book The City and Man on this page?
A: Strauss writes about Aristotle's Politics in that book. It's a book that makes the case for a return to classical political science. Leo Strauss was the person who taught me to read and love these old books.
Q: Who are you?
A: I'm Michael Millerman. I earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2018, graduating at the top of my class with a major national scholarship and 90%+ student reviews as a teaching assistant. I love studying and teaching political philosophy - and my students seem to like learning with me, too.
Q: Can I have a longer sample of the course?
A: Yes. The first full lecture on the transition from Aristotle's Ethics to the Politics is included in the 30-day free trial.
Q: Is this course accredited?
A: No, but it probably should be because it is as good or better than what you'd learn in a course on this book at any Ivy League university.
Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: Yes, the courses all come with a 30-day money back guarantee in case you don't like them. You can also preview this and other courses in the free trial.
Q: What are the bonuses?
A: One of them is an overview of Aristotle's account of the moral and intellectual virtues in his book called Nicomachean Ethics. It's taken from the Millerman School course on Manliness (Andreia/Courage). The other is on a part of Plato's Republic to which Aristotle refers early in the Politics. These bonuses are meant to ensure you have a rock solid understanding of this classic work of political science!
Q: What is this school?
A: It's an online school of philosophy and political philosophy, meant to provide high quality instruction in foundational texts that are increasingly either not taught at all or taught badly at universities and colleges (with some exceptions, of course).