Greek Political Thought

ISBN-10: 1405100303
ISBN-13: 9781405100304
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Ryan K. Balot
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List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Structured around key themes such as the origins of political thought, political self-definition, revolutions in political thought, democracy & imperialism, this title shows what ancient Greek works of political philosophy might mean to citizens of the 21st century.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: How to Do Greek Political Thought
Archaic Greece and the Centrality of Justice
Achilles, Agamemnon, and Fair Distribution
Justice as �Distinctively Human�
Institutions and Values of the Early Polis
What is Justice? The Voice of the Oppressed and the Origins of Political Thought
The Egalitarian Response
The Elitist Response
Case Study: Sparta and the Politics of �Courage�
A Second Case Study: Archaic Athens and the Search for Justice
Democratic Political Thinking at Athens
Evidence and Sources
Democracy Ancient and Modern
Democratic Conceptions of Freedom
Democratic Deliberation
Courage, Trust, and Leadership
Democratic Political Thought outside Athens?
Protagorean Arguments for Democracy
Democratic Conceptions of Equality
Justice and the Demos
Criticizing Democracy in Late Fifth-Century Athens
Mapping out the Problem: The �Old Oligarch�
Modern and Ancient Quandaries
Nomos and Phusis
The Challenge of Thrasymachus and Callicles
Thucydidean Imperialists Revisit Nomos and Phusis
Socrates and Nomos
Logos and Ergon
Democratic Epistemology and Relativism
Democratic Epistemology and Untrustworthy Rhetoric � or, Where Does the Truth Lie?
Socrates and Athens
Imperialism
Aristotle Analyzes Imperialism
Definitions and History
Monarchic Imperialism
Natural Superiority?
Debating Athenian Imperialism
Final Thoughts
Fourth Century Revisions
The ancestral republican �solutions�
The monarchic �solution�
Plato�s �solutions�
Criticizing Contemporary Politics
Plato on Rhetoric and Order in the Gorgias
The Priority of Reason in City and Soul: Plato�s Republic
Educating Citizens in the Classical Context
Politics and Ethics
Philosophical Rulers
Platonic Political Philosophy after the Republic
Aristotle�s Political Thought
Civic Conflict, Emotion, and Injustice: Observing the Polis as It Is
Exploring What Ought To Be: Aristotle�s Naturalism
Aristotle on the Good Life
Nature in the Politics
Aristotle on Slavery
Polis and Citizenship in General
Aristotle�s Best Polis
Political Possibilities in Existing Cities
The Best Constitution in Relation to Existing Conditions
Classification of Constitutions
The Power of the Masses
Conclusion
Hellenistic Political Thought
Theory of Kingship
The Traditional Schools
New Directions: Cynics, Stoics, and Epicureans
The Politics of Cynicism?
Stoicism and Epicureanism
Epilogue: The Question of Politics
Bibliographic Essay
Notes
Index

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