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By Ryan K. Balot

Includes 34 essays from best students in historical past, classics, philosophy, and political technology to light up Greek and Roman political suggestion in all its variety and depth.

  • Offers a huge survey of historical political inspiration from Archaic Greece via past due Antiquity
  • Approaches historical political philosophy from either a normative and old focus
  • Examines Greek and Roman political proposal inside of historic context and modern debate
  • Explores the position of old political suggestion in a number philosophies, akin to the person and neighborhood, human rights, faith, and cosmopolitanism

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1985; Dagger 1997). The foregoing examples represent merely a few of the diverse functions to which virtue has been put in modern European and North American theory and practice. Obviously, the horizon of this discussion could be vastly extended if we should turn to the history of Asian or Middle Eastern practices of virtue. Against this necessarily schematic outline, we can come to understand the highly particular role played by conceptions of ethical and intellectual excellence in classical political thought.

Particular and General Yet one might wonder how, if at all, these two modes of analysis – which might be called ‘‘particular’’ and ‘‘general,’’ or sometimes ‘‘historical’’ and ‘‘philosophical’’ – work together. At first glance, the historical emphasis on particularity appears to conflict with any effort to elicit generalized teachings from classical political thought. Is it realistic to think that the gap between particular and general can be bridged by imaginative reflection? Can we avoid mistaking ‘‘is’’ for ‘‘ought’’ in making the transition from history to theory?

Balot 2006, 2008). Conclusion It is fitting to point forward to the essays in this collection by invoking Socrates and his various mysteries, aporias (aporiai), and masks (cf. Nehamas 1998). For Socrates, above all, symbolizes not only the spirit of relentless self-interrogation promoted by this volume, but also the belief that speculative inquiry into ethical and political life is intrinsically worthwhile. Whether or not the historical Socrates was a model of good democratic citizenship, certainly Socrates’ boldly interrogative and critical outlook, suitably adapted, can provide appropriate models for us (cf.

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