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Athens in ParisAncient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought$
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Miriam Leonard

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277254

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277254.001.0001

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Introduction: ‘Nous autres grecs’ 1

Introduction: ‘Nous autres grecs’ 1

(p.1) Introduction: ‘Nous autres grecs’1
Athens in Paris

Miriam Leonard (Contributor Webpage)

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How did the Greeks come to be at the centre of a debate about the role of ‘the political’ in French structuralist and post-structuralist thought? This introductory chapter investigates how the major figures of French Hellenism and the most prominent exponents of French philosophy both turned to the Greeks to voice their involvement in contemporary politics. It takes as its focus the events of May 1968, and asks how the debate about the role of political engagement in the wake of the student uprising led these writers to revisit the ideological struggles of Classical Athens.

Keywords:   Greeks, May 1968, engagement, structuralism, post-structuralism, French Hellenism, French philosophy

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