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Fear of Diversity The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought

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ISBN-10: 0226735540

ISBN-13: 9780226735542

Edition: N/A

Authors: Arlene W. Saxonhouse

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This wide-ranging book locates the origin of political science in the everyday world of ancient Greek life, thought, and culture. Arlene Saxonhouse contends that the Greeks, confronted by the puzzling diversity of the physical world, sought a force that would unify, constrain, and explain it. This drive toward unity did more than value the mind over the senses: it led the Greeks to play down the very real complexities--particularly regarding women, the family, and sexuality--in both their political and personal lives. Saxonhouse opens up fresh understandings of such issues as the Greeks' fear of the feminine and their attempts to ignore the demands that gender, reproduction, and the family inevitably make on the individual.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Tragicomic Prelude: Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae Women and Men Public and Private The Ugly and the Beautiful
The Pre-Socratic Challenge Thales and Anaximander Heraclitus: The Philosopher Who Laughed The Truth According to Parmenides
Women and the Tragic Denial of Difference: Three Versions Aeschylus's Seven against Thebes Sophocles' Antigone Euripides' Ion
Socrates and the City of Athens The Education of Euthyphro Melerus and the City's Defence of Unity The Laws Speak
Autochthony and Unity in the Menexenus and Statesman Aspasia: The Birth of a City and the Death of Its Citizens The Statesman: A Retelling of Parmenides' Voyage
Callipolis: Socrates' Escape from Tragedy The Politics of Interpretation: Poetry and Narration in Callipolis The Politics of "What Is"
Plato's Symposium: A Reassessment of Callipolis Aristophanes' Speech and the Net of Hephaestus Socrates' Speech and the Unity of Male and Female Alcibiades' Speech: Marsyas, the Sirens, and the Allure of Socrates
The Challenge of the Family Bk
The Family Is Not an Individual Bk
The City Is Not a Family
The Study of Politics: Unity Out of Diversity The Unity of Parts The Limits of Unity
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index