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A World History of Ancient Political Thought by Antony Black

By Antony Black

This ebook examines the political considered China, Greece, Israel, Rome, India, Iran, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and in addition early Christianity, from prehistory to c. two hundred CE. every one of those had its personal priorities, according to a spiritual and philosophical viewpoint. This ended in assorted principles approximately who may still govern, tips on how to govern, and what govt used to be for.

In such a lot cultures, sacred monarchy used to be the norm, yet this ranged from sure to conditional authority. 'The humans' have been recipients of royal (and divine) beneficence. Justice, the guideline of legislation and meritocracy have been typically considered as basic. In Greece and Rome, democracy and liberty have been born, whereas in Israel the polity was once according to covenant and the legislations. Confucius taught humaneness, Mozi and Christianity taught common love; Kautilya and the chinese language 'Legalists' believed in realpolitik and an authoritarian kingdom. The clash among may possibly and correct was once resolved in lots of diversified ways.

chinese language, Greek and Indian thinkers mirrored at the beginning and reasons of the kingdom. prestige and sophistication have been embedded in Indian and chinese language suggestion, the country in Israelite notion. The Stoics and Cicero, nonetheless, observed humanity as a unmarried unit. Political philosophy, utilizing common sense, facts and dialectic, used to be invented in China and Greece, statecraft in China and India, political technology in Greece. Plato and Aristotle, by way of Polybius and Cicero, begun 'western' political philosophy.

This publication covers political philosophy, spiritual ideology, constitutional idea, social ethics, legitimate and well known political culture.

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