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Pleasure, Mind, and SoulSelected Papers in Ancient Philosophy$
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C. C. W. Taylor

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226399.001.0001

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Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy

Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy

(p.121) 8 Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy
Pleasure, Mind, and Soul

C. C. W. Taylor

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K. J. Dover maintains that the ancient Greeks recognized no rights other than those conferred by the laws of one's city. This chapter argues that examples from philosophy, history, and drama show that in certain cases Greeks regarded themselves as possessing rights independent of, and sometimes overriding the laws of the city. These rights were seen as grounded in divine law, in special obligations which individuals owed to the gods, or in nature.

Keywords:   K. J. Dover, postive, natural and divine, law, written law, unwritten law, rights, nature

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