By Ryan K. Balot
Includes 34 essays from top students in historical past, classics, philosophy, and political technological know-how to light up Greek and Roman political idea in all its range and depth.
- Offers a wide survey of old political idea from Archaic Greece via overdue Antiquity
- Approaches historical political philosophy from either a normative and historic focus
- Examines Greek and Roman political inspiration inside ancient context and modern debate
- Explores the position of historic political notion in quite a number philosophies, resembling the person and group, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism
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More broadly, in fact, the continental tradition of modern political philosophy – including Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Hegel – has built upon and extended the ancient theories of citizenship and civic virtue. Even though such figures often transfigured ancient theories, they tended to agree that the classical experience of citizenship was one of the most fruitful sources of inquiry into this critical political idea. The reason is, roughly, that the egalitarian ancient city-state expected and often demanded from its citizens an extraordinary degree of civic participation and interest.
Lincoln 2007). Authority in Greek and Roman politics derived from the communal power of citizens. By contrast with politics in early modern Europe, moreover, Greek and Roman citizens were not subject to politically independent and frequently coercive clerical authority. 2009 8:45am Compositor Name: PDjeapradaban Ryan K. Balot toleration, such as Locke; they had no need to be liberated from religious orthodoxy by a Spinozistic Theological-Political Treatise. To the contrary, as Robin Osborne (chapter 8) demonstrates, Greek and Roman religion was subject to the authority of politics.
To understand why a two-tiered framework of analysis is helpful, consider the fruitlessness, if not impossibility, of writing the history of political thought without employing both analytical modes. On the one hand, purely general and abstract discussions of ancient texts, unanchored in historical understanding, run the risk of anachronism. We can easily distort the ancients’ own political vocabulary and outlook. Such distortions inevitably blunt the force of any theoretical challenges or provocations offered by the ancients.
A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought by Ryan K. Balot