Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece,China and Today

G. E. R. Lloyd

Anno: 2005
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 160 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm
Peso: 278 gr.
  • EAN: 9780715633861
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How were the aims of philosophy and the responsibilities of philosophers conceived in ancient Greece and China? How were the learned elite recruited and controlled; how were their speculations and advice influenced by the different types of audiences they faced and the institutions in which they worked? How was a yearning for invulnerability reconciled with a sense of human frailty? In each chapter of this fascinating analysis ancient Greek and Chinese ideas and practices are used as a basis for critical reflections on the predicaments we continue to face today, with a particular focus on the key Greek ideas of the equal participation of all citizens in the political process, and on the key Chinese one of a dedication to the ideal of the welfare of all under heaven