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The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles

Lauren J. Apfel


This book is concerned with the relationship between a modern philosophical idea and an ancient historical moment. It explores how the notion of pluralism, made famous by Isaiah Berlin, may be seen to feature in the Classical Greek world and, more specifically, in the thought of three of its most prominent figures: Protagoras, Herodotus, and Sophocles. The book falls into three parts, each of which considers one of these authors in detail and investigates how the core aspects of pluralism — diversity, conflict, and incommensurability — manifest themselves in a particular literary arena. Part O ... More

Keywords: pluralism, Isaiah Berlin, conflict, diversity, incommensurability, Protagoras, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Homer, Ajax, Antigone, Electra, Philoctetes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199600625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren J. Apfel, author