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Title: Athens in Paris: Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought
Author: Leonard, Miriam
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2005
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199277254
Volumes: 1; Pages: 288
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Athens in Paris explores the ways in which the writings of the ancient Greeks played a decisive part in shaping the intellectual projects of structuralism and post-structuralism--arguably the most significant currents of thought of the post-war era. Miriam Leonard argues that thinkers in post-war France turned to the example of Athenian democracy in their debates over the role of political subjectivity and ethical choice in the life of the modern citizen. The authors she investigates, who include Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, and Vernant, have had an incalculable influence on the direction of classical studies over the last thirty years, but classicists have yet to give due attention to the crucial role of the ancient world in the development of their philosophy.