He studied political economy at Yale, graduating inand then studied French and Hebrew at Geneva, ancient languages and history at Gottingen, and Anglican theology at Oxford. In he returned to a tutorship at Yale.
These ideas were transmitted beyond the confines of the classical polis as the Greek city-states came under the suzerainty of larger kingdoms after an initial Macedonian conquest at the end of the fourth century B. C; those kingdoms in turn were eventually conquered and significantly assimilated by the Roman republic, later transmuted into an empire.
Philosophers writing in Latin engaged self-consciously with the earlier and continuing traditions of writing about philosophy in Greek. Neither the transformation of the republic into an empire in the first-century BCE, nor the eventual abdication of the last pretenders to the Roman imperial throne in the Western part of the empire in CE, prevented continued engagement with this Greek and Roman heritage of political philosophy among late antique and later medieval scholars and their successors writing in Latin, Arabic and Hebrew.
At the same time, because the Greeks also invented other genres widely recognized today—among them, history, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric—no understanding of their thought about politics can restrict itself to the genre of political philosophy alone.
Some argue, for example, that Thucydides' elaboration of the nature of the political through his History of the fifth-century Peloponnesian Wars between leagues led by Athens and Sparta is more important and instructive than that issuing from Plato's philosophical dialogues Geuss While that argument is contentious, it rests on an important broader point.
This article therefore begins by surveying political practices and the reflective accounts to which they gave rise in the classical Greek period of the independent polis.
Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. It continues to Hellenistic Greek thinkers before considering the main currents and roles of political philosophy in the Roman republic.
While offering a survey of certain developments in the Roman empire, it leaves aside the Christian Fathers, and in particular the great upheaval of thought effected by Augustine, who is the starting point for the SEP's treatment of medieval political philosophy.
See the entry on medieval political philosophy. The city was the domain of potential collaboration in leading the good life, though it was by the same token the domain of potential contestation should that pursuit come to be understood as pitting some against others.
Political theorizing began in arguments about what politics was good for, who could participate in politics, and why, arguments which were tools in civic battles for ideological and material control as well as attempts to provide logical or architectonic frameworks for those battles.
Such conflicts were addressed by the idea of justice, which was fundamental to the city as it emerged from the archaic age, sometimes reflected in Homer, into the classical period. Justice was conceived by poets, lawgivers, and philosophers alike as the structure of civic bonds which were beneficial to all rich and poor, powerful and weak alike rather than an exploitation of some by others.
So understood, justice defined the basis of equal citizenship and was said to be the requirement for human regimes to be acceptable to the gods.
The ideal was that, with justice as a foundation, political life would enable its participants to flourish and to achieve the overarching human end of happiness eudaimoniaexpressing a civic form of virtue and pursuing happiness and success through the competitive forums of the city.
This became the major political faultline of the Greek fifth century BCE. The exclusion of women from active citizenship in Athens was more consciously felt, giving rise to fantasies of female-dominated politics in Aristophanic comedy Lysistrata, Assemblywomen and to tortured reflection in many tragedies consider the titles of Medea; Phaedra; Trojan Women.
Among equals, however defined, the space of the political was the space of participation in speech and decision concerning public affairs and actions. That invention of the political what Meier calls The Greek Discovery of Politics was the hallmark of the classical Greek world.
Citizens, whether the few usually the rich or the many including the poorer and perhaps the poorest free adult mendeliberated together as to how to conduct public affairs, sharing either by custom, by election, or by lot—the latter seen in Athens as the most democratic, though it was never the sole mechanism used in any Greek democracy—in the offices for carrying them out.
Rhetoric played an important role especially, though not only, in democracies, where discursive norms shaped by the poor majority were hegemonic in public even over the rich Ober At the same time, politics was shaped by the legacy of archaic poetry and its heroic ethos and by the religious cults which included, alongside pan-Hellenic and familial rites, important practices distinct to each city-state.
This was a polytheistic, rather than monotheistic, setting, in which religion was at least in large part a function of civic identity. It was a world innocent of modern bureaucracy and of the modern move to intellectual abstraction in defining the state: This broadest sense was initially most evident to the Athenians when they looked at the peculiar customs of Sparta, but Plato taught them to recognize that democratic Athens was as distinctive a regime Schofield Most of the wise men sophoi and students of nature physikoi who appeared in this milieu thought within the same broad terms as the poets and orators.
Justice was widely, if not universally, treated as a fundamental constituent of cosmic order. Some of the physikoi influenced political life, notably the Pythagoreans in southern Italy. Others held themselves aloof from political action while still identifying commonalities between nature and politics.
Most of the sophists argued the latter, though they did so along a spectrum of interpretation for which our evidence rests heavily on Plato, who portrays Socrates arguing with a considerable number of sophists: This nomos-phusis debate raised a fundamental challenge to the ordering intellectual assumptions of the polis, even though the sophists advertised themselves as teaching skills for success within it, a number of them being employed as diplomats by cities eager to exploit their rhetorical abilities.
If Greek political thinkers presupposed justice, in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE many of them also increasingly problematized it. Should philosophers act politically and if so, should they engage in ordinary politics in existing regimes, or work to establish new onesor should they abstain from politics in order to live a life of pure contemplation?
There was likewise a question as to whether philosophers should think politically: In engaging with questions of rhetoric, virtue, knowledge, and justice, Socrates' philosophical life was engaged with the political even before his death his trial and execution at the hands of the Athenian democratic regime embattled him with it.
But for his student Plato and Plato's student Aristotle, the practice and even the study of human affairs such as politics were less divine, and so less admirable, than the broader study of truth about the natural and the divine realms.
Philosophy might have to address the political but its highest calling soared above it. If Socrates' political fate was part of the stimulus for Plato to invent a new metaphysics and epistemology in order to articulate an alternative realm of political possibility, Plato's dialogues show Socrates simultaneously asserting an independence for those disciplines from the bonds of the political alone.
While one influential approach to the history of political thought takes its bearings from what a thinker was trying to do in and by what he or she said or wrote, it is important to recognize that the founders of ancient political philosophy were in part trying to define a new space of doing as philosophizing, independent of ordinary political action.
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