Aristotle on the Virtue of the Multitude

  title={Aristotle on the Virtue of the Multitude},
  author={Daniela Cammack},
  journal={Political Theory},
  pages={175 - 202}
It is generally believed that one argument advanced by Aristotle in favor of the political authority of the multitude is that large groups can make better decisions by pooling their knowledge than individuals or small groups can make alone. This is supported by two analogies, one apparently involving a “potluck dinner” and the other aesthetic judgment. This article suggests that that interpretation of Aristotle’s argument is implausible given the historical context and several features of the… 

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