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Fear of diversity : the birth of political science in ancient Greek thought /

by Saxonhouse, Arlene W.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1992Description: xiv, 253 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0226735532; 9780226735535; 0226735540; 9780226735542.Subject(s): Political science -- Greece -- History | Sex role -- Greece -- History | Greece -- Intellectual life -- To 146 B.C | Gift of Mary Akritidou-GiannopoulouOnline Resources: Table of contents | Publisher description
Contents:
A tragicomic prelude : Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusai. Women and men ; Public and private ; The ugly and the beautiful -- The pre-Socratic challenge. Thales and Anaximander ; Heraclitus : the philosopher who laughed ; The truth according to Parmenides ; Conclusion -- Women and the tragic denial of difference : three versions. Aeschylus's Seven against Thebes ; Sophocles' Antigone ; Euripides' Ion -- Socrates and the city of Athens. The education of Euthyphro ; Meletus and the city's defence of unity ; The laws speak -- Autochthony and unity in the Menexenus and Statesman. Aspasia : the birth of a city and the death of its citizens ; The Statesman : a retelling of Parmenides' voyage ; Conclusion -- Callipolis : Socrates' escape from tragedy. The politics of interpretation : poetry and narration in Callipolis ; The politics of "what is" ; Conclusion -- Plato's Symposium : a reassessment of Callipolis. Aristophanes' speech and the net of Hephaestus ; Socrates' speech and the unity of male and female ; Alcibiades' speech : Marsyas, the Sirens, and the allure of Socrates -- The challenge of the family. Book 1, The family is not an individual ; Book 2, The city is not a family -- The study of politics : unity out of diversity. The unity of parts ; The limits of unity.
Summary: This ... book locates the origin of political science in the everyday world of ancient Greek life, thought, and culture. [The author] contends that the Greeks, confronted by the puzzling diversity of the physical world, sought an unseen and unifying force that would constrain and explain it. This drive toward unity did more than place the mind over the senses: it led the Greeks to play down the very real differences - in particular the female, the family, and sexuality - in both their political and personal lives. While the dramatists and Plato captured the tragic consequences of trying to do so, it was not until Aristotle and his 'Politics' did the Greek world - and its heirs - have a true science of politics, one capable of embracing diversity and accommodating conflict. Much of the book's force derives from [the author's] masterful interweaving of Greek philosophy and drama, her juxtaposition of the thought of the pre-Socratics, Plato, and other philosophers to the cultural life revealed by such dramatists as Aristophanes and Aeschylus. Her approach opens up fresh understandings of such issues as the Greeks' fear of the feminine and their attempts to ignore the demands that gender, reproduction, and the family inevitably make on the individual and the family. [This book] represents an important contribution to political philosophy, classics, and gender studies.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-245) and index.

A tragicomic prelude : Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusai. Women and men ; Public and private ; The ugly and the beautiful -- The pre-Socratic challenge. Thales and Anaximander ; Heraclitus : the philosopher who laughed ; The truth according to Parmenides ; Conclusion -- Women and the tragic denial of difference : three versions. Aeschylus's Seven against Thebes ; Sophocles' Antigone ; Euripides' Ion -- Socrates and the city of Athens. The education of Euthyphro ; Meletus and the city's defence of unity ; The laws speak -- Autochthony and unity in the Menexenus and Statesman. Aspasia : the birth of a city and the death of its citizens ; The Statesman : a retelling of Parmenides' voyage ; Conclusion -- Callipolis : Socrates' escape from tragedy. The politics of interpretation : poetry and narration in Callipolis ; The politics of "what is" ; Conclusion -- Plato's Symposium : a reassessment of Callipolis. Aristophanes' speech and the net of Hephaestus ; Socrates' speech and the unity of male and female ; Alcibiades' speech : Marsyas, the Sirens, and the allure of Socrates -- The challenge of the family. Book 1, The family is not an individual ; Book 2, The city is not a family -- The study of politics : unity out of diversity. The unity of parts ; The limits of unity.

This ... book locates the origin of political science in the everyday world of ancient Greek life, thought, and culture. [The author] contends that the Greeks, confronted by the puzzling diversity of the physical world, sought an unseen and unifying force that would constrain and explain it. This drive toward unity did more than place the mind over the senses: it led the Greeks to play down the very real differences - in particular the female, the family, and sexuality - in both their political and personal lives. While the dramatists and Plato captured the tragic consequences of trying to do so, it was not until Aristotle and his 'Politics' did the Greek world - and its heirs - have a true science of politics, one capable of embracing diversity and accommodating conflict. Much of the book's force derives from [the author's] masterful interweaving of Greek philosophy and drama, her juxtaposition of the thought of the pre-Socratics, Plato, and other philosophers to the cultural life revealed by such dramatists as Aristophanes and Aeschylus. Her approach opens up fresh understandings of such issues as the Greeks' fear of the feminine and their attempts to ignore the demands that gender, reproduction, and the family inevitably make on the individual and the family. [This book] represents an important contribution to political philosophy, classics, and gender studies.

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