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Why study ancient Greek political theory? “The Greeks were different; the Greeks, in a phrase, invented critical thinking” (Gay and Webb, The Making of Modern Europe, 1973)
Why study ancient Greek theory? “Political thought begins with the Greeks. Its origin is connected with what may be called the secularity of the Greek mind. Instead of projecting themselves into the sphere of religion, … they attempted to conceive of the world in the light of reason.” (Sir Ernest Barker, The Political Thought of Plato and Aristotle, 1)
Why study ancient Greek theory? “There are two views of life, and only two, which have won the allegiance of large masses of mankind in the West. Of these one comes from Palestine, the other from Greece. They are different though not incompatible. We owe to them the noblest patterns of life which Europe has produced and almost all that is vital in our civilization.” (Sir Robert Livingstone, Greek Ideals and Modern Life, 1932, 11)
Why study ancient Greek theory? “Noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” “The only means we have of being great, or even inimitable, if that is possible, is to imitate the ancients.” (Johann Winckleman, Thoughts on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture)
Hannah Arendt, Human Condition Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue Steven Salkever, Finding the Mean And your professor--- Retrieving Political Emotion: Aristotle, Thumos, and Gender 20th century political theorists inspired by the Ancient Greek Politics or Theory