Saving the City: Philosopher-kings and Other Classical Paradigms

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Routledge, 1999 - History - 242 pages
How are political communities cemented together? Are rights inherent in the idea of citizenship? Saving the City examines ancient political thought from Homer to Cicero. It explores the problem of exploiting the philosophical past without reading the present back into it, discussing how far we can use categories such as the heroic code, utopianism, ideology, the economy or political rights to examine the evidence. This erudite and stimulating book offers fresh resolutions of disputed issues in well known texts such as Homer's Iliad and the Politics of Aristotle, and new explorations of some less familiar material, notably Plato's Laws, Aristotle's Eudemiau Ethics, Stoic political theory and Cicero's Republic.

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Malcolm Schofield has taught at Cambridge for over 25 years, where he is a Fellow of St John's College and Reader in Ancient Philosophy. He is best known for his co-authorship of the second edition of The Presocratic Philosophers (1983). His publications on ancient political thought include The Stoic Idea of the City (1991).

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