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Fear of Diversity By Arlene W. Saxonhouse

Fear of Diversity
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Fear of Diversity: Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought by Arlene W. Saxonhouse

This wide-ranging book locates the origin of political science in the everyday world of ancient Greek life, thought, and culture. Arlene Saxonhouse contends that the Greeks, confronted by the puzzling diversity of the physical world, sought a force that would unify, constrain, and explain it. This drive toward unity did more than value the mind over the senses: it led the Greeks to play down the very real complexities--particularly regarding women, the family, and sexuality--in both their political and personal lives. Saxonhouse opens up fresh understandings of such issues as the Greeks' fear of the feminine and their attempts to ignore the demands that gender, reproduction, and the family inevitably make on the individual.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments 1: A Tragicomic Prelude: Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae Women and Men Public and Private The Ugly and the Beautiful 2: The Pre-Socratic Challenge Thales and Anaximander Heraclitus: The Philosopher Who Laughed The Truth According to Parmenides 3: Women and the Tragic Denial of Difference: Three Versions Aeschylus's Seven against Thebes Sophocles' Antigone Euripides' Ion 4: Socrates and the City of Athens The Education of Euthyphro Melerus and the City's Defence of Unity The Laws Speak 5: Autochthony and Unity in the Menexenus and Statesman Aspasia: The Birth of a City and the Death of Its Citizens The Statesman: A Retelling of Parmenides' Voyage 6: Callipolis: Socrates' Escape from Tragedy The Politics of Interpretation: Poetry and Narration in Callipolis The Politics of "What Is" 7: Plato's Symposium: A Reassessment of Callipolis Aristophanes' Speech and the Net of Hephaestus Socrates' Speech and the Unity of Male and Female Alcibiades' Speech: Marsyas, the Sirens, and the Allure of Socrates 8: The Challenge of the Family Bk. 1: The Family Is Not an Individual Bk. 2: The City Is Not a Family 9: The Study of Politics: Unity Out of Diversity The Unity of Parts The Limits of Unity Epilogue Bibliography Index

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Fear of Diversity: Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought by Arlene W. Saxonhouse
Arlene W. Saxonhouse
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The University of Chicago Press
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