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The Greek Tradition in Republic Thought completely rewrites the standard history of republican political theory. It excavates for the first time an identifiably Greek strain of republican thought which attaches little importance to freedom as non-dependence and sees no intrinsic value in political participation. This tradition's central preoccupations are not honour and glory, but happiness (eudaimonia) and justice - defined, in Plato's terms, as the rule of the best men. This set of commitments yields as startling readiness to advocate the corrective redistribution of wealth, and even the…mehr

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The Greek Tradition in Republic Thought completely rewrites the standard history of republican political theory. It excavates for the first time an identifiably Greek strain of republican thought which attaches little importance to freedom as non-dependence and sees no intrinsic value in political participation. This tradition's central preoccupations are not honour and glory, but happiness (eudaimonia) and justice - defined, in Plato's terms, as the rule of the best men. This set of commitments yields as startling readiness to advocate the corrective redistribution of wealth, and even the outright abolition of private property. The Greek tradition was revived in England during the early sixteenth century and was broadly influential throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its exponents included Sir Thomas More, James Harrington, Montesquieu and Thomas Jefferson, and it contributed significantly to the ideological underpinnings of the American Founding as well as the English Civil Wars.

Table of contents:
Acknowledgements; Note on conventions; Introduction; 1. Greek nonsense in More's Utopia; 2. The Roman agrarian laws and Machiavelli's modi privati; 3. James Harrington and the 'balance of justice'; 4. 'Prolem cum matre creatam': the background to Montesquieu; 5. Montesquieu's Greek republics; 6. The Greek tradition and the American Founding; Coda. Tocqueville and the Greeks; Bibliography; Index.

The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought traces the influence of ancient Greek sources on the development of republican theory in Europe and America. It offers a substantial revision of standard narratives of the trajectory of republican political theory from the ancient to the modern world.

A substantial revision of standard narratives of the trajectory of republican political theory.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 320
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28. Februar 2007
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 157mm x 23mm
  • Gewicht: 674g
  • ISBN-13: 9780521835459
  • ISBN-10: 0521835453
  • Artikelnr.: 21277293