Social and political philosophies became possible and necessary when the systematic forming of society and jurisdiction became possible and necessary. Based on what we know it was the ancient lawmakers (e.g. Pythagoreans, Lycurgus, Solon) and Plato who first examined the possibility of a new social organization. Aristotle was the first to collect and analyze constitutions and to attempt to build politics on logical grounds. That was more than 2000 years ago…
Defining society (our public life and interdependence) and politics (our public affairs and tasks) are interrelated the same way as questions with answers, and problems with solutions. What is the problem with society? The basic task of politics depends on this question. What is the principle task? How I see society depends on this question.
Many in the modern political life have been disillusioned from politicians and through this from politics, and one consequence of all this is that some politicians deny being politicians and so they talk politics by denying talking politics. In addition to that, more and more people confuse politics with wrong politics, even though politics means nothing other than the ‘managing of public affairs’. Therefore making politics is unavoidable and each and every issue of each and every person includes the political and social importance of that particular issue. It is a sovereign political will (e.g. in the modern world) not to consider the political importance of every affair and to stop at the borderline of personal life when dealing with public issues. It is a separate political problem where to draw the line between private and public affairs.
George Alexander Sveinn