One of the fundamental works of Western political thought, Aristotle’s masterwork is the first systematic treatise on the science of politics. Aristotle in Politics examines the various options for governance and their respective values. A detailed and pragmatic approach to the subject, Politics provides much of the foundation for modern political thought. One of his central ideas is that "Man is a political animal," meaning that people can only become virtuous by active participation in the political community. An Author's Republic audio production.