Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstitution of American Democracy

Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstitution of American Democracy

by J. Peter Euben, John Wallach, Josiah Ober
     
 

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'I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society, ' Thomas Jefferson wrote, 'but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion.'

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'I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society, ' Thomas Jefferson wrote, 'but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion.'

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Library Journal
Over the years, many have perceived the democracy of ancient Athens as the political model for the United States-a perspective often advanced without a great deal of critical insight or reflection. This impressive collection of scholarly essays carefully examines the nature of the Athenian polis and pursues such perennial issues as the citizen's role and the nature of education in a democracy. The degree to which and the manner in which Athenian political thought and practice can inform our understanding of our own political system remains open to debate. However, the nexus between education and democracy is a crucial one, and this finely crafted work challenges the serious reader to confront the current condition of and future prospects for the American polity. Recommended especially for scholars in the field and graduate libraries.-Stephen Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Coll., Nampa, Id.
Booknews
A collection of essays on Athenian democracy, organized in three sections on situating the Athenian democracy in relation to various regimes, exploring how discourse in democratic Athens displayed awareness of democracy's limitations, and creating direct dialogues between the discourse of Athenian democracy and that of contemporary thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801429804
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
12/16/2003
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.11(d)

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