Download e-book for iPad: A History of Political Ideas from Antiquity to the Middle by Philippe Nemo

By Philippe Nemo

ISBN-10: 0820704555

ISBN-13: 9780820704555

ISBN-10: 0820705780

ISBN-13: 9780820705781

Offers a context for figuring out today’s great states by way of tracing the origins of political concept from the earliest prestates via next eras, together with the philosophers and thinkers of the Greek city-state, Roman legislations, and the Christian Gospels; Nemo additional examines the impact on political association that extends from canon legislations and the impact of diverse Christian thinkers.

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The status of illegitimate children, slaves, and various categories of workers is, by and large, uncertain, as if there are no fixed rules in the matter. Homeric society has different social strata, but they do not yet have the class features of the later Greek city. There is a lower class made up of captives, called “slaves,” who do not appear to be particularly ill treated. There is a small number of professions: blacksmiths, carpenters, medical physicians, seamen, and tradesmen (most trade and transport was in the hands of foreigners, the “Phoenicians”).

They have no public meeting place (agora) to debate issues or to take decisions collectively. When Homer points out that the Trojans should have heeded the advice of the warrior Polydamas rather than the counsel of King Hector, he is subtly signaling his preference for an equal “right of expression” for all. When doubt is cast on the hereditary principle, when arguments are advanced in favor of an implicit right of the majority, these are signs of the new realities soon to flourish in the archaic and classical city.

However, none of the works by Greek political thinkers before Plato has survived; they exist only in fragments (excepting the poets Homer and Hesiod and the historians Herodotus and Thucydides). 22 Chapter 1. 1 I. Homer and Hesiod: Justice and Social Order A. The Historical Context The Greek city did not emerge gradually by way of an untroubled evolution from earlier forms of civilization. It appears to have been an ex nihilo creation that arose in mainland and Ionian Greece as a result of a largely endogenous process following from an interruption in the historical process.

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