Thursday, January 6, 2011

Consumerism and The Good Life

I've written before about Aristotle's Politics, focusing on passages in Book VII that connect the details of urban planning - the layout of streets, for example - with prospects for the happiness of a polis and its citizens.

Well, I find myself once again reading Politics Book VII in preparation for teaching next week, and found a passage of special resonance in the wake of the Christmas season, a holiday I've come to think of as the Feast of Acquisition: