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First Democracy The Challenge of an Ancient Idea

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ISBN-10: 0195304543

ISBN-13: 9780195304541

Edition: 2006

Authors: Paul Woodruff

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Americans have an unwavering faith in democracy and are ever eager to import it to nations around the world. But how democratic is our own "democracy"? If you can vote, if the majority rules, if you have elected representatives--does this automatically mean that you have a democracy? In this eye-opening look at an ideal that we all take for granted, classical scholar Paul Woodruff offers some surprising answers to these questions. Drawing on classical literature, philosophy, and history--with many intriguing passages from Sophocles, Aesop, and Plato, among others--Woodruff immerses us in the world of ancient Athens to uncover how the democratic impulse first came to life. The heart of the…    
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Paul Woodruff is former dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and currently Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness and Rewards .