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By Ryan K. Balot

ISBN-10: 1405151439

ISBN-13: 9781405151436

Contains 34 essays from prime students in historical past, classics, philosophy, and political technology to light up Greek and Roman political proposal in all its range and depth.

  • Offers a huge survey of historic political idea from Archaic Greece via past due Antiquity
  • Approaches historical political philosophy from either a normative and old focus
  • Examines Greek and Roman political concept inside of historic context and modern debate
  • Explores the function of historic political idea in a variety of philosophies, reminiscent of the person and neighborhood, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

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Our goal is to arrive at the advantageous position of being able to make use of historical thinkers and practices, to ‘‘put them into play,’’ so to speak, as we strive to ask the recurrent questions of political life. It is in this way that contributors to the present volume have strived not only to formulate the outlook of a newly distinct subfield, but also to uncover the extraordinary resources offered by study of classical political thought. Politics, Ethics, Citizenship The ancient Greeks and Romans had a particular way of understanding the relationship between the political and the ethical, which illustrates the larger educational significance of studying classical political thought with attention to its particularity.

This combination of similarity with difference means that the ancients have something new to offer, especially to modern citizens who also think in the language of justice, equality, freedom, virtue, and governance by law. By understanding the ancient past in a properly historical way, as I have described it, we might go beyond simply ‘‘appreciating’’ classical authors and political forms in an antiquarian or monumentalizing spirit. Instead, we begin to render classical ideas and ideologies meaningful in arguments that we should care about.

I have focused attention on the most important early Christian writers (see Brown, chapter 31, and Breyfogle, chapter 32), in order to illustrate both their continuities with and departures from the earlier traditions of classical political thought. Augustine, in particular, should be understood as intervening in his own right, and all anew, in the central philosophical and political controversies of his day. Yet, despite the volume’s wide range, our center of gravity is still the canonical philosophers, in particular Plato and Aristotle.

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