By Ryan K. Balot
During this unique and profitable blend of highbrow and political historical past, Ryan Balot bargains an intensive historic and sociological interpretation of classical Athens headquartered at the idea of greed. Integrating historical philosophy, poetry, and heritage, and drawing on sleek political notion, the writer demonstrates that the Athenian discourse on greed used to be a vital part of Greek social improvement and political history.
Over time, the Athenians constructed subtle mental and political debts of acquisitiveness and a correspondingly wealthy vocabulary to explain and condemn it. Greed figures time and again as an item of feedback in authors as various as Solon, Thucydides, and Plato--all of whom addressed the social disruptions brought on by it, in addition to the inadequacy of lives fascinated with it. due to its moral value, greed surfaced usually in theoretical debates approximately democracy and oligarchy. eventually, opinions of greed--particularly the cost that it truly is unjust--were outfitted into the powerful bills of justice formulated by way of many philosophers, together with Plato and Aristotle. Such reviews of greed either mirrored and have been inextricably knitted into financial historical past and political occasions, together with the coups of 411 and 404 B.C.
Balot contrasts historic Greek notion on distributive justice with later Western traditions, with implications for political and fiscal heritage way past the classical interval. as the trust that greed is nice holds a dominant place in glossy justifications of capitalism, this examine presents a deep old context in which such justifications should be reexamined and, maybe, stumbled on wanting.
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