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DHUM 1425A - Three Faces of Action in Greek Thought: Idea, History, Drama (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Political philosophy, being an inquiry into the source of government, has been entangled in the conflicts that arise from the common desire to rule. The quarrel between Faith and Reason, between the Ancients and the Moderns, all of these important theoretical conflicts, are also attempts at answering the question of who should rule. The answer to that question is inseparable from a certain understanding of human action. The first, and maybe, most spontaneous form of discourse about human action is poetry. Over the course of this semester we will try to understand how political philosophy started as a revolt against the authority of Poets, and how this disagreement gave room to a third form of discourse, distinct from myth and theory, that later came to be called History. The material we will use will mostly be drawn from the works of Aristophanes, Plato and Thucydides. Our research won't be guided by an antiquarian love for the past but by the conviction that these three faces of action still structure our understanding of what politics is.


CARRE, Alexis S. (Doctorant)