The Resource Political dissent in democratic Athens : intellectual critics of popular rule, Josiah Ober

Political dissent in democratic Athens : intellectual critics of popular rule, Josiah Ober

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Political dissent in democratic Athens : intellectual critics of popular rule
Title
Political dissent in democratic Athens
Title remainder
intellectual critics of popular rule
Statement of responsibility
Josiah Ober
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How and why did the Western tradition of political theorizing arise in Athens during the late fifth and fourth centuries B.C.? By interweaving intellectual history with political philosophy and literary analysis, Josiah Ober argues that the tradition originated in a high-stakes debate about democracy. Since elite Greek intellectuals tended to assume that ordinary men were incapable of ruling themselves, the longevity and resilience of Athenian popular rule presented a problem: how to explain the apparent success of a regime "irrationally" based on the inherent wisdom and practical efficacy of decisions made by non-elite citizens? The problem became acute after two oligarchic coups d'etat in the late fifth century B.C. The generosity and statesmanship that democrats showed after regaining political power contrasted starkly with the oligarchs' violence and corruption. Since it was no longer self-evident that "better men" meant "better government," critics of democracy sought new arguments to explain the relationship among politics, ethics, and morality. Ober offers fresh readings of the political works of Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, among others, by placing them in the context of a competitive community of dissident writers. These thinkers struggled against both democratic ideology and intellectual rivals to articulate the best and most influential criticism of popular rule
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Ober, Josiah
Index
index present
LC call number
DF275
LC item number
.O33 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Martin classical lectures
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  • Athens (Greece)
  • Athènes (Grèce)
  • Athènes (Grèce)
  • Greece
  • Democracy
  • Dissenters
  • Démocratie
  • Dissidents
  • Democratie
  • Tegenstanders
  • Politieke theorie
  • Dissidents
  • Vie intellectuelle
  • Démocratie
  • Intellectuels
  • Opposition (science politique)
  • Democracy
  • Dissenters
  • Intellectual life
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Political dissent in democratic Athens : intellectual critics of popular rule, Josiah Ober
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-401) and indexes
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Why dissent? Why Athens? -- The problem of dissent: criticism as contest -- Public speech and brute fact: Thucydides -- Essence and enactment: Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae -- Justice, knowledge, power: Plato Apology, Crito, Gorgias, Republic -- Eloquence, leadership, memory: Isocrates Antidosis and Areopagiticus -- Political animals, actual citizens, and the best possible polis: Aristotle Politics -- The dialectics of dissent: Criticism as dialogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 417 pages
Isbn
9780691001227
Lccn
98007110
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38976163
  • (OCoLC)ocm38976163
Label
Political dissent in democratic Athens : intellectual critics of popular rule, Josiah Ober
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-401) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Why dissent? Why Athens? -- The problem of dissent: criticism as contest -- Public speech and brute fact: Thucydides -- Essence and enactment: Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae -- Justice, knowledge, power: Plato Apology, Crito, Gorgias, Republic -- Eloquence, leadership, memory: Isocrates Antidosis and Areopagiticus -- Political animals, actual citizens, and the best possible polis: Aristotle Politics -- The dialectics of dissent: Criticism as dialogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 417 pages
Isbn
9780691001227
Lccn
98007110
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38976163
  • (OCoLC)ocm38976163

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