The Resource Socratic citizenship, Dana Villa

Socratic citizenship, Dana Villa

Label
Socratic citizenship
Title
Socratic citizenship
Statement of responsibility
Dana Villa
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher Description (unedited publisher data) individuals, disinclined to fulfill the obligations of citizenship or the responsibilities of self-government. In response, the critics urge community involvement and renewed education in the civic virtues. But what kind of civic engagement do we want, and what sort of citizenship should we encourage? In Socratic Citizenship, Dana Villa takes issue with those who would reduce citizenship to community involvement or to political participation for its own sake. He argues that we need to place more value on a form of conscientious, moderately alienated citizenship invented by Socrates, one that is critical in orientation and dissident in practice. Taking Plato's Apology of Socrates as his starting point, Villa argues that Socrates was the first to show, in his words and deeds, how moral and intellectual integrity can go hand in hand, and how they can constitute importantly civic--and not just philosophical or moral--virtues. More specifically, Socrates urged that good citizens should value this sort of integrity more highly than such apparent virtues as patriotism, political participation, piety, and unwavering obedience to the law. Yet Socrates' radical redefinition of citizenship has had relatively little influence on Western political thought. Villa considers how the Socratic idea of the thinking citizen is treated by five of the most influential political thinkers of the past two centuries--John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, and Leo Strauss. In doing so, he not only deepens our understanding of these thinkers' work and of modern ideas of citizenship, he also shows how the fragile Socratic idea of citizenship has been lost through a persistent devaluation of independent thought and action in public life. Engaging current debates among political and social theorists, this insightful book shows how we must reconceive the idea of good citizenship if we are to begin to address the shaky fundamentals of civic culture in America today
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Villa, Dana Richard
Index
index present
LC call number
JC71.S62
LC item number
V56 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Socrates
  • Socrates
  • Socrate
  • Socrate
  • Mill, John Stuart
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Weber, Max
  • Arendt, Hannah
  • Strauss, Leo
  • Socrates
  • Socrate
  • Plato
  • Socrates
  • Citizenship
  • Citoyenneté
  • Participation politique
  • Citizenship
  • Political and social views
  • Burgerschap
  • Filosofische aspecten
  • Citoyenneté
  • Politische Beteiligung
  • Zivilcourage
  • Bürgerliche Gesellschaft
  • Bürgerpflicht
Label
Socratic citizenship, Dana Villa
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is Socratic citizenship? -- John Stuart Mill: public opinion, moral truth, and citizenship -- Friedrich Nietzsche: morality, individualism, and politics -- Max Weber: conflict, integrity, and the illusions of politics -- Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss: citizenship versus philosophy
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 370 pages
Isbn
9780691086934
Lccn
2001021017
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)46343259
  • (OCoLC)ocm46343259
Label
Socratic citizenship, Dana Villa
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is Socratic citizenship? -- John Stuart Mill: public opinion, moral truth, and citizenship -- Friedrich Nietzsche: morality, individualism, and politics -- Max Weber: conflict, integrity, and the illusions of politics -- Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss: citizenship versus philosophy
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 370 pages
Isbn
9780691086934
Lccn
2001021017
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)46343259
  • (OCoLC)ocm46343259

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