Journals Higher Education



16 March 2006

304 Pages | 11 halftones & maps

5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780195304541

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First Democracy

The Challenge of an Ancient Idea

Paul Woodruff

Drawing on classical literature, philosophy, and history--with many intriguing passages from Sophocles, Aesop, and Plato, among others--Woodruff immerses us in the world of ancient Athens to uncover how the democratic impulse first came to life. The heart of the book isolates seven conditions that are the sine qua non of democracy: freedom from tyranny , harmony, the rule of law, natural equality, citizen wisdom, reasoning without knowledge, and general education. He concludes that a true democracy must be willing to invite everyone to join in government.