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A Defense of Rule: Origins of Political Thought in Greece and India

Stuart Gray


This book establishes a new analytic approach to understanding fundamental political ideas of other cultures and time periods, applying the approach to a study of ancient Greek and Indian conceptions of rule. This cross-cultural study provides a defense for the importance of rule in contemporary political life, arguing that anthropocentric and instrumentalist conceptions of rule have led to destructive consequences for the welfare of both human and nonhuman life. Therefore, this book seeks to rethink the meaning of rule by critically retrieving and examining premodern ideas in both the West an ... More

Keywords: rule, comparative political theory, Greece, India, Homer, Hesiod, Vedas

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190636319
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190636319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Gray, author
Assistant Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University

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