Civril for Many of the greatest achievements in the tradition of political introduction xv thought are grounded on specific theories of human nature. With these exemplars in mind, current knowledge of human biology and genetics is brought to bear on political concerns and theoretical aspirations. Chapter 3, Politics, Power, and the Public Good, explores the meaning of politics. It defines politics as the public use of power. An extensive investigation of the means and ends of power allows it to be distinguished from force. In turn, the chapter explores the ambiguous boundaries of public life. Because politics is pervasive, it becomes necessary to distinguish between actions, events, and institutions that are more and less political in nature. Civril 2016.