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  • Democracy and Knowledgeby Josiah Ober

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 26.95

    When does democracy work well, and why? Is democracy the best form of government? These questions are of supreme importance today as the United States seeks to promote its democratic values abroad. Democracy and Knowledge is the first book to look to ancient Athens to explain how and why directly democratic government by the people produces wealth,... more...

  • Mass and Elite in Democratic Athensby Josiah Ober

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 49.95

    This book asks an important question often ignored by ancient historians and political scientists alike: Why did Athenian democracy work as well and for as long as it did? Josiah Ober seeks the answer by analyzing the sociology of Athenian politics and the nature of communication between elite and nonelite citizens. After a preliminary survey of the... more...

  • Political Dissent in Democratic Athensby Josiah Ober

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 52.50

    How and why did the Western tradition of political theorizing arise in Athens during the late fifth and fourth centuries B.C.? By interweaving intellectual history with political philosophy and literary analysis, Josiah Ober argues that the tradition originated in a high-stakes debate about democracy. Since elite Greek intellectuals tended to assume... more...

  • Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greeceby Kurt A. Raaflaub; Josiah Ober; Robert Wallace

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 31.95

    This book presents a state-of-the-art debate about the origins of Athenian democracy by five eminent scholars. The result is a stimulating, critical exploration and interpretation of the extant evidence on this intriguing and important topic. The authors address such questions as: Why was democracy first realized in ancient Greece? Was democracy "invented"... more...

  • Primates and Philosophersby Frans de Waal; Stephen Macedo; Josiah Ober

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 17.95

    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality. In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim... more...

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