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The Realness of Things PastAncient Greece and Ontological History$
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Greg Anderson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190886646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190886646.001.0001

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The Metaphysics of Polis Community

The Metaphysics of Polis Community

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(p.129) 10 The Metaphysics of Polis Community
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The Realness of Things Past
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Greg Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190886646.003.0011

By way of illustration, Part Three (“Life in a Cosmic Ecology”) revisits the primary case study, showing how the proposed paradigm shift can help us to produce an entirely new, more historically meaningful account of the Athenian politeia. The chapter introduces this alternative account by reconstructing the a priori template of social being upon which demokratia was premised. This model seems to have taken the form of a kind of cosmic ecology of gods, land, and demos (“people”) in Attica, an a priori symbiosis between the human and non-human constituents of the polis, whereby the former subsisted as a kind of human superorganism, not as an aggregate of modern-style individuals. In the chapters that follow, the principal practices and mechanisms of the Athenian politeia are then duly re-examined in this original metaphysical conjuncture, thereby demonstrating the profound differences which separate an ancient demokratia from a modern democracy.

Keywords:   Greek gods, Greek rituals, Athens, Attica, autochthony, demos, demokratia, corporate personality, social self, cosmic ecology

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