Why did Socrates oppose pure democracy?

History of political thought


The political culture of the western world in a broad overview. From the Greeks and their discovery of politics and democracy, through the Romans and the Christian world to the present, which is marked by the struggle for human rights and totalitarianism at the same time, the whole spectrum of political thought is presented. Volume 1.1: The focus is on the birth of political philosophy in Socrates. But also the epic poets and the lyricists, the tragedy and comedy poets as well as the historians and the speakers are included. The prehistory is also examined: Homer and Hesiod, the epic poetry and agonal culture of early Greek times, the emergence of democracy, but also the forms of government that compete with it, such as Sparta or tyranny.


Hesiod Homer Politics Political Thought Socrates

About the authors

Henning Ottmann, Professor of Political Science, University of Munich

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleHistory of Political Thought
  • Book SubtitleBand 1: The Greeks. Volume 1: From Homer to Socrates
  • Authors Henning Ottmann
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-03758-9
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg2001
  • Publisher NameJ.B. Metzler, Stuttgart
  • eBook PackagesJ.B. Metzler Humanities (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-476-01630-0
  • eBook ISBN978-3-476-03758-9
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesXVI, 267
  • Number of Illustrations0 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • Topics Political Philosophy
    Political Theory
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