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    Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2001 - Princeton University Press.
    In this original and rewarding combination of intellectual and political history, Ryan Balot offers a thorough historical and sociological interpretation of classical Athens centered on the notion of greed. Integrating ancient philosophy, poetry, and history, and drawing on modern political thought, the author demonstrates that the Athenian discourse on greed was an essential component of Greek social development and political history. Over time, the Athenians developed sophisticated psychological and political accounts of acquisitiveness and a correspondingly rich vocabulary to describe and (...)
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    A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot (ed.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    These essays strike a judicious yet thought-provoking balance between theoretical and historical perspectives.
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    Greek Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot (ed.) - 2006 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    This wide-ranging history of ancient Greek political thought shows what ancient political texts might mean to citizens of the twenty-first century. A provocative and wide-ranging history of ancient Greek political thought Demonstrates what ancient Greek works of political philosophy might mean to citizens of the twenty-first century Examines an array of poetic, historical, and philosophical texts in an effort to locate Greek political thought in its cultural context Pays careful attention to the distinctively ancient connections between politics and ethics Structured (...)
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    Recollecting Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2016 - Polis 33 (1):92-129.
    Beginning with an analysis of the problematic relation of ‘the particular’ to ‘the universal’ in canonical political texts, this paper explores a variety of frameworks for the study of classical Greek political thought. Specifically, after investigating the influence of Quentin Skinner’s contextualism, the paper examines the ideas, approaches, and methods of Bernard Williams, Leo Strauss, and Josiah Ober. I draw attention to each figure’s distinctive motivations for returning to ancient Greece and to the influence of particular political ideals on those (...)
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    Courage in the Democratic Polis: Ideology and Critique in Classical Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2014 - Oup Usa.
    In this careful and compelling study, Ryan K. Balot brings together political theory, classical history, and ancient philosophy in order to re-conceive of courage as a specifically democratic virtue.
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    Utopian and Post-Utopian Paradigms in Classical Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot - 2008 - Arion 16 (2):75-90.
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    Greed, Outrage, and Civil Conflict in Aristotle’s Politics.Ryan K. Balot - 2023 - Polis 40 (2):185-209.
    Scholars generally agree that, according to Aristotle, factionalizers are motivated by a sense of injustice (the ‘first cause’) to redress imbalances in wealth and honor (the ‘second cause’). Recent discussions, however, have offered a misleading interpretation of Aristotle’s third cause, which he identifies as the origin of the factionalizers’ sense of injustice. It involves, most importantly, greed, hubris, and other factors such as fear and ‘disproportionate growth’. In conversation with a recent publication in Polis, this article restores the third cause (...)
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  8. The dark side of democratic courage.Ryan K. Balot - 2004 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 71 (1):73-106.
     
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    Epideictic Rhetoric and the Foundations of Politics.Ryan K. Balot - 2013 - Polis 30 (2):274-304.
    At least since the time of Plato’s writings, epideictic rhetoric has been criticized as deceptive, as epistemologically bankrupt, and as politically irrelevant. Aristotle himself emphasizes that the key ‘topic’of epideictic is amplification and stresses that the epideictic orator chiefly adds ‘size’ and ‘beauty’ to widely shared memories. This paper reinterprets Aristotle’s statements and argues that Aristotle’s account brings to light significant civic resources embodied in epideictic. A genuine statesman uses ceremonial speech to articulate and explain a regime’s underlying ethos and (...)
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    Archaic Greece and the Centrality of Justice.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 16–47.
    This chapter contains section titled: Achilles, Agamemnon, and Fair Distribution Justice as “Distinctively Human” Institutions and Values of the Early Polis What is Justice? The Voice of the Oppressed and the Origins of Political Thought The Egalitarian Response The Elitist Response Case Study: Sparta and the Politics of “Courage” A Second Case Study: Archaic Athens and the Search for Justice.
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    Aristotle's Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 227–265.
    This chapter contains section titled: Civic Conflict, Emotion, and Injustice: Observing the Polis as It Is Exploring What Ought To Be: Aristotle's Naturalism Aristotle on the Good Life Nature in the Politics Aristotle on Slavery Polis and Citizenship in General Aristotle's Best Polis Political Possibilities in Existing Cities The Best Constitution in Relation to Existing Conditions Classification of Constitutions The Power of the Masses Conclusion.
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    Criticizing Democracy in Late Fifth‐Century Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 86–137.
    This chapter contains section titled: Mapping out the Problem: The “Old Oligarch” Modern and Ancient Quandaries The Challenge of Thrasymachus and Callicles Thucydidean Imperialists Revisit Nomos and Phusis Socrates and Nomos Logos and Ergon Democratic Epistemology and Relativism Democratic Epistemology and Untrustworthy Rhetoric ‐ or, Where Does the Truth Lie? Socrates and Athens.
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    Democratic Political Thinking at Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 48–85.
    This chapter contains section titled: Evidence and Sources Democracy Ancient and Modern Democratic Conceptions of Freedom Democratic Deliberation Courage, Trust, and Leadership Democratic Political Thought Outside Athens? Protagorean Arguments for Democracy Democratic Conceptions of Equality Justice and the Demos.
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    Epilogue: Identity, Politics, Power: From Classical Antiquity to the 21st Century.Ryan K. Balot - 2021 - Polis 38 (1):127-133.
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    Epilogue: The Question of Politics.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 298–302.
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    Fourth‐Century Revisions.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 177–226.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Ancestral Republican “Solutions” The Monarchic “Solution” Plato's “Solutions” Criticizing Contemporary Politics Plato on Rhetoric and Order in the Gorgias The Priority of Reason in City and Soul: Plato's Republic Educating Citizens in the Classical Context Politics and Ethics Philosophical Rulers Platonic Political Philosophy after the Republic.
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    Hellenistic Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 266–297.
    This chapter contains section titled: Theory of Kingship The Traditional Schools New Directions: Cynics, Stoics, and Epicureans The Politics of Cynicism? Stoicism and Epicureanism.
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    Introduction: How to Do Greek Political Thought.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–15.
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    Introduction: The Persistence of Diversity.Ryan K. Balot - 2016 - Polis 33 (1):1-6.
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    Imperialism.Ryan K. Balot - 2006 - In Greek Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 138–176.
    This chapter contains section titled: Aristotle Analyzes Imperialism Definitions and History Monarchic Imperialism Natural Superiority? Debating Athenian Imperialism Final Thoughts.
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    Pericles' Anatomy of Democratic Courage.Ryan K. Balot - 2001 - American Journal of Philology 122 (4):505-525.
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    Socratic Courage and Athenian Democracy.Ryan K. Balot - 2008 - Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):49-69.
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    Socratic Courage and Athenian Democracy.Ryan K. Balot - 2008 - Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):49-69.
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  24. Transforming "manliness" into courage : two democratic perspectives.Ryan K. Balot - 2016 - In Geoffrey C. Kellow & Neven Leddy (eds.), On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. University of Toronto Press.
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    Tragedy, philosophy, and political education in Plato's laws.Ryan K. Balot - 2024 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    What are the prospects for ambitious political reform in communities of traditional, passionate, and even self-righteous citizens? Can thoughtful legislators create a healthy society for citizens whose judgment is typically unsound? In a searching and provocative analysis, Ryan Balot addresses these timely - though universal - political questions by offering a novel interpretation of Plato's Laws. Turning to the ancient past is essential to reinvigorating our contemporary understanding of these all-important issues. Previous readers have either celebrated the work's idealism or (...)
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  26. The virtue politics of democratic Athens.Ryan K. Balot - 2009 - In Stephen Salkever (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.
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    Philosophy between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing by Arthur M. Melzer. [REVIEW]Ryan K. Balot - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 69 (1):147-149.
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