Thucydides on Politics: Back to the Present (Paperback)Geoffrey Hawthorn (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
'In a wholly individual voice, Geoffrey Hawthorn reflects on the complex of insight and suggestive ambiguity that is Thucydides' masterwork. Like Thucydides before him, Hawthorn offers by turns confident judgments and studies in contingency. For many years, Hawthorn provided a fortunate group of students at Cambridge a sense of Thucydides' distinctive subtlety and penetration about politics, a sense he here makes available to readers more generally.' Kinch Hoekstra, University of California, Berkeley
'A fascinating and thought-provoking reading of Thucydides and his ideas, thoroughly grounded in classical scholarship but viewed through a lifetime's experience of reflection on political issues. As Hawthorn himself says of Thucydides, one's understanding expands in the course of reading the work. Indispensable for classicists and political theorists alike.' Neville Morley, University of Bristol
'This magnificent book on the history of the most celebre of all wars makes us love Thucydides' poetic passion for his subject and the 'purity' of his style. Politics is the protagonist of Geoffrey Hawthorn's narrative: Thucydides' vision of politics as a panoply of propelling forces, the reasons and accounts people give of them, their analysis, reflection, calculation and debate; and politics as a way of making things happen that is more likely than not to be agonistic and is unlikely to be truthful or simply reasonable in one straightforward way.' Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University
'Thucydides on Politics is the most original and thought-provoking book on Thucydides to appear in the past fifteen years. For boldness and clarity of argument, it cannot be too highly recommended.' Peter Thonemann, The Times Literary Supplement
'... sets out to be Thucydides' Thucydides: tracing the historian's narrative, probing, judging, guessing, arguing with other scholars and with Thucydides himself, always illuminating. Like his philosophic mentor, Bernard Williams, Hawthorn displays a resolutely English intelligence, venturing no grand theories but bringing out defensible arguments from sensible consideration of details mastered. The result is that rare textual commentary that is actually readable, teaching readers how better to think about war and politics in and among communities that seek, somehow, to rule themselves. Summing up: highly recommended.' W. Morrisey, Choice
'One of the 'connoisseurs of the political game', a scholar of uncommon insight and long experience, and a writer who possessed an exceptionally eloquent prose style ... Hawthorn deserves to be heard, and not only by classicists.' James Romm, London Review of Books
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