The Political and Philosophical Legacy of Greece


For the ancient Greeks—who invented self-government—the centerpiece of life was political participation. Participation in a council or an assembly made use of reason and speech to deliberate about a course of action. Greek philosophy later emerged from Greek political practice, and eventually became embedded in Christian theology.


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Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Professor in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a B.A. from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.