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The Realness of Things Past: Ancient Greece and Ontological History

Greg Anderson


The book proposes a new paradigm of historical practice. It questions the way we conventionally historicize the experiences of non-modern peoples, western and non-western, and makes a case for an alternative. It shows how our standard analytical devices impose modern, dualist metaphysical conditions upon all non-modern realities, thereby authorizing us to align those realities with our own modern ontological commitments, fundamentally altering their contents in the process. The net result is a practice that homogenizes the past’s many different ways of being human. To produce histories that ar ... More

Keywords: historicism, ontology, ontological turn, ontological history, metaphysics, postcolonial theory, democracy, Greek polis, classical Athens, non-modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190886646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190886646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Anderson, author
Associate Professor, Ohio State University