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. 2 hundred CE. every one of those had its personal priorities, according to a non secular and philosophical standpoint. This resulted in diverse principles approximately who should still govern, the way to govern, and what executive used to be for.

In so much cultures, sacred monarchy used to be the norm, yet this ranged from bound to conditional authority. 'The humans' have been recipients of royal (and divine) beneficence. Justice, the rule of thumb of legislation and meritocracy have been ordinarily considered as primary. In Greece and Rome, democracy and liberty have been born, whereas in Israel the polity used to be in keeping with covenant and the legislation. 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 perhaps and correct used to be resolved in lots of various ways.

chinese language, Greek and Indian thinkers mirrored at the starting place and reasons of the kingdom. prestige and sophistication have been embedded in Indian and chinese language concept, the country in Israelite notion. The Stoics and Cicero, nevertheless, 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 technological know-how in Greece. Plato and Aristotle, by means of Polybius and Cicero, all started 'western' political philosophy.

This ebook covers political philosophy, non secular ideology, constitutional thought, social ethics, legitimate and renowned political culture.

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