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Athens in Paris: Ancient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought

Miriam Leonard


Why was Derrida reading Plato as students stormed the Sorbonne in May '68? Why was Foucault writing about Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus while fighting for the rights of prisoners with Vidal-Naquet? What has Vernant the resistance fighter to do with Vernant theorist of the ancient polis? This book investigates how post-war France turned to ancient Greece to formulate a new interrogation of the political. It investigates why a group of highly influential Parisian thinkers rediscovered ancient Athens to debate the role of political subjectivity and ethical choice in the life of the modern citizen. ... More

Keywords: Derrida, Foucault, Vernant, Lacan, structuralism, post-structuralism, post-war France, political, classical studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277254
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Leonard, author
Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol
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