On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy

© 2016

Continuing the analysis of contemporary issues through the lens of ancient theories beyond the themes of Enduring Empire and the award-winning On Oligarchy, On Civic Republicanism explores the enduring relevance of the ancient concepts of republicanism and civic virtue to modern questions about political engagement and identity. Examining both ancient and early modern conceptions of civic republicanism, the contributors respond to the work of thinkers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Wollstonecraft.

A testament to the continuing influence of the concept and the ongoing scholarly debate which surrounds it, On Civic Republicanism addresses fundamental questions regarding democratic participation, liberal democracy, and the public good. Its essays speak to the many ways in which the idea of the republic still challenges us today.

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On Civic Republicanism explores the enduring relevance of the ancient concepts of republicanism and civic virtue to modern questions about political engagement and identity. 

On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy

© 2016

Continuing the analysis of contemporary issues through the lens of ancient theories beyond the themes of Enduring Empire and the award-winning On Oligarchy, On Civic Republicanism explores the enduring relevance of the ancient concepts of republicanism and civic virtue to modern questions about political engagement and identity. Examining both ancient and early modern conceptions of civic republicanism, the contributors respond to the work of thinkers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Wollstonecraft.

A testament to the continuing influence of the concept and the ongoing scholarly debate which surrounds it, On Civic Republicanism addresses fundamental questions regarding democratic participation, liberal democracy, and the public good. Its essays speak to the many ways in which the idea of the republic still challenges us today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Kellow and Leddy have assembled sophisticated analytical papers on civic republicanism authored by diverse students of philosophy and political science…. The scholarship is impressive…. Highly recommended.’


    A.B. Cochran
    Choice Magazine vol 54:02:2016

    “A thoughtful and thought-provoking work on one of the most important subjects of contemporary political theory, On Civic Republicanism is an excellent account of the various attempts, both old and new, to look to, revive, or ‘use’ classical civic republicanism in new ways.”


    Patrick Malcolmson, Department of Political Science, St Thomas University

    “The essays in On Civic Republicanism will be useful both for those studying the civic republican tradition and for those interested in learning about the specific thinkers discussed. Each is a clear and accessible contribution to our understanding of civic republicanism.”


    David Livingstone, Departments of Liberal Studies and Political Studies, Vancouver Island University
  • Author Information

    Geoffrey C. Kellow is an assistant professor in the College of the Humanities at Carleton University.


    Neven Leddy teaches in the Department of History at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface: The Return to Classical Regimes Theory
    David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivokoski

    Introduction
    Geoffrey Kellow

    Part 1: The Classical Heritage

    Chapter 1: The Problematic Character of Periclean Athens
    Timothy Burns

    Chapter 2: Aristotle’s Topological Politics; Michael Sandel’s Civic-Republicanism
    David Roochnik

    Chapter 3: Living Well and the Promise of Cosmopolitan Identity: Aristotle’s ergon as a Contingent Foundation for Civic Republicanism Today
    Michael Weinman

    Chapter 4: Groundwork for a Theory of Republican Character in a Democratic Age
    Wendell John Coats, Jr.

    Chapter 5: Ancient, Modern and Post-National Democracy: Deliberation and Citizenship Between the Political and the Universal
    Crystal Cordell Paris

    Part 2: The Enlightenment: An Accelerated Reception?

    Chapter 6: Machiavelli’s Art of Politics: A Critique of Humanism and the Lessons of Rome
    Jarrett A. Carty

    Chapter 7: Transforming “Manliness” into Courage: Two Democratic Perspectives
    Ryan Balot

    Chapter 8: Montesquieu on Corruption: Civic Purity in a post-Republican World
    Robert Sparling

    Chapter 9: The Fortitude of the Uncertain: Political Courage in David Hume’s Political Philosophy
    Marc Hanvelt

    Chapter 10: Sparta, Modernity, Enlightenment
    Varad Mehta

    Chapter 11: A Master of the Art of Persuasion: Rousseau’s Platonic Teaching on the Virtuous Legislator
    Brent Edwin Cusher

    Chapter 12: Civil Religion, Civic Republicanism and Enlightenment in Rousseau
    Lee Ward

    Chapter 13: Mary Wollstonecraft and Adam Smith on Gender, History and the Civic Republican Tradition
    Neven Leddy

    Chapter 14: Pinocchio and the Puppet of Plato’s Laws
    Jeffrey Dirk Wilson

    Chapter 15: Unity in Multiplicity: Agency and Aesthetics in German Republicanism
    Douglas Moggach 

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