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The Origins of Democratic Thinking : The Invention of Politics in Classical Athens - Cynthia Farrar

The Origins of Democratic Thinking

The Invention of Politics in Classical Athens


Published: 13th November 1989
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The ancient Greeks invented democracy. They also invented political theory. This book seeks to show that these were not unrelated achievements. The development of political theory accompanied the growth of democracy at Athens in the fifth century BC. By analysing the writings of Protagoras the sophist, Thucydides the historian, and Democritus the cosmologist in the context of political developments and speculation about the universe, Dr Farrar reveals the existence of a distinctive approach to the characterisation of democratic order, and in doing so demonstrates the virtues of Thucydides' historical conception of politics. Thucydides' history is shown to be an argument for the political force of historical judgement.

'This is an intellectually committed work, informed by a wide and reflective reading in political and ethical theory, Greek history and literature, and ancient philosophy. It will be an indispensable text for anyone attempting to get to grips with either the sophists or Greek political thought.' Phronesis

Ancient reflections: a force for us
Order in autonomy: the ungoverned cosmos and the democratic community
Protagoras: measuring man
Man's measuring: cosmos and community
Thucydides: reflecting history: man and the community
Democritus. Reflecting man: man and the cosmos
Living democracy?
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ISBN: 9780521375849
ISBN-10: 0521375843
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 13th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.01  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.36