Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

bookjacket

The Tragedy of Political Theory:
The Road Not Taken
J. Peter Euben

Paperback | 1990 | $37.50 / £26.95 | ISBN: 9780691023144
336 pp.
| SHOPPING CART

Reviews

In this book J. Peter Euben argues that Greek tragedy was the context for classical political theory and that such theory read in terms of tragedy provides a ground for contemporary theorizing alert to the concerns of post-modernism, such as normalization, the dominance of humanism, and the status of theory. Euben shows how ancient Greek theater offered a place and occasion for reflection on the democratic culture it helped constitute, in part by confronting the audience with the otherwise unacknowledged principles of social exclusion that sustained its community.

Euben makes his argument through a series of comparisons between three dramas (Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, and Euripides' Bacchae) and three works of classical political theory (Thucydides' History and Plato's Apology of Socrates and Republic) on the issues of justice, identity, and corruption. He brings his discussion to a contemporary American setting in a concluding chapter on Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 in which the road from Argos to Athens, built to differentiate a human domain from the undefined outside, has become a Los Angeles freeway desecrating the land and its people in a predatory urban sprawl.

Review:

"J. Peter Euben seeks to identify Socratic political thought with its original dramatic and democratic context. He illuminates the tragic elements in classical political theory and the theoretical elements in Greek tragedy. . . . The book's literary quality, important message, and detailed argument will make it valuable to general readers."--Journal of Politics

Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by J. Peter Euben:

Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart:

  • For hardcover/paperback orders:

    For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

    Paperback: $37.50 ISBN: 9780691023144

    For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

    Paperback: £26.95 ISBN: 9780691023144

    Add to shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 9/23/2014

Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Videos/Audios
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Subjects
Series
Catalogs
Princeton Legacy Library
Textbooks
Media/Reviewers
Class Use
Rights/Permissions
Ordering
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
Links
F.A.Q.
PUP Home


Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
Classics
Political Philosophy
Political Science and International Relations
More Choices
Email:
Country:
Name: