Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory

Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory

by Paul W. Ludwig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521031435

ISBN-13: 9780521031431

Pub. Date: 11/02/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Eros and Polis examines how and why Greek theorists treated political passions as erotic. Because of the tiny size of ancient Greek cities, contemporary theory and ideology could conceive of entire communities based on desire. A recurrent aspiration was to transform the polity into one great household that would bind the citizens together through ties of mutual…  See more details below

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"Eros and Polis examines how and why Greek theorists treated political passions as erotic. Because of the tiny size of ancient Greek cities, contemporary theory and ideology could conceive of entire communities based on desire. A recurrent aspiration was to transform the polity into one great household that would bind the citizens together through ties of mutual affection. In this study, Paul Ludwig evaluates sexuality, love, and civic friendship as sources of political attachment and as bonds of political association." Studying the ancient view of eros recovers a way of looking at political phenomena that provides a bridge, missing in modern thought, between the private and public spheres, between erotic love and civic commitment. Ludwig's study thus has important implications for the theoretical foundations of community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521031431
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and a Note on Citations
Introduction1
Pt. 1Political Eros: An Account from the Symposium
1Statesmanship and Sexuality in Aristophanes' Speech27
2Law and Nature in Aristophanes' Speech69
Pt. 2The Discourse of Political Eros
3Scientific and Poetic Traditions of Eros in Thucydides121
4The Problem of Aggression170
5The Problem of Sublimation221
Pt. 3The Polis as a School for Eros
6Civic Nudity261
7Patriotism and Imperialism as Eros319
List of Works Cited381
Abbreviations381
Other Works Cited382
Index393

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