Athens in Paris: Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought (Hardback)
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Short Description for Athens in Paris Explores the influence of ancient Greece on a group of seminal post-war French thinkers (including Lacan, Derrida, and Foucault) writing about modern politics. This book demonstrates the ways in which ancient debates about democracy and citizenship continue to be relevant to modern political and philosophical preoccupations.
- Published: 08 December 2005
- Format: Hardback 276 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199277254 ISBN 10: 0199277257
- Sales rank: 932,906
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Athens in Paris explores the ways in which the writings of the ancient Greeks played a decisive part in shaping the intellectual projects of structuralism and post-structuralism - arguably the most significant currents of thought of the post-war era. Miriam Leonard argues that thinkers in post-war France turned to the example of Athenian democracy in their debates over the role of political subjectivity and ethical choice in the life of the modern citizen. The authors she investigates, who include Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, and Vernant, have had an incalculable influence on the direction of classical studies over the last thirty years, but classicists have yet to give due attention to the crucial role of the ancient world in the development of their philosophy.