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Reflections on Aristotle's Politics
     

Reflections on Aristotle's Politics

by Mogens Herman Hansen
 

Mogens Herman Hansen is a renowned classics scholar and a leading authority on Athenian democracy and the ancient Greek city-state. Reflections on Aristotle’s ‘Politics’ collects, revises, and expands on Hansen’s expert understandings of this fundamental text on politics. Addressing old controversies with fresh perspectives

Overview

Mogens Herman Hansen is a renowned classics scholar and a leading authority on Athenian democracy and the ancient Greek city-state. Reflections on Aristotle’s ‘Politics’ collects, revises, and expands on Hansen’s expert understandings of this fundamental text on politics. Addressing old controversies with fresh perspectives and treating issues that have previously been ignored or neglected, Hansen sheds new light on a range of issues of paramount importance for understanding the Politics.
            
Hansen engages Aristotle with depth, examines topics such as his view of democratic and political freedom as standalone values, his surprising silence regarding the numerous federal states of the Hellenic world, and his alternative to the traditional sixfold model of constitutions. Perhaps most provocatively, Hansen shows that Aristotle positively viewed a mixed form of democracy—democracy and oligarchy, democracy via the election of officials—which most democratic states practice today. Collecting a wealth of insights into a single volume, Hansen offers students and scholars a master guide to the text that would define western political thought. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788763540629
Publisher:
Museum Tusculanum Press
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Mogens Herman Hansen is emeritus reader in ancient Greek at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of many books, most recently The Shotgun Method: The Demography of the Ancient Greek City-State Culture and Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City-State, and coauthor of Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis

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