Athenian Democracy and its Critics from Pseudo-Xenophon to Aristotle

5:00 pm Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Lecture by Dan Ioppolo

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Abstract:

The irony of Classical Athens’ relationship with what would
follow in Western political thinking is that it acts both as
an ideal of the earliest attempt at large scale democracy and
as the home of democracy’s most influential critics. In this
talk I will present and comment upon the argument of
“Political Dissent in Democratic Athens” by Josiah Ober. The
book traces a tradition of intellectual criticism of democracy
which would be expressed in some of the greatest historical,
philosophical, and dramatic writings of the period. Specific
themes will include the relationship between democratic
politics and civic virtue, the tendency of democracies to base
their decisions on a socially constructed picture of reality,
the absence of individual responsibility in the Athenian
ekklesia, and the tendency of democracies to spread their own
political culture to other cities.

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One Response to “Athenian Democracy and its Critics from Pseudo-Xenophon to Aristotle”

  1. Erich Kofmel Says:

    On this, check out my blog, the “Anti-Democracy Agenda”:

    http://www.anti-democracy.com

    Cheers

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