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Polis, Nation, Global Community
The Philosophic Foundations of Citizenship

Edited By

Ann Ward

ISBN 9780367703066
Published August 13, 2021 by Routledge India
210 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the basic tenets of nation, nationalism and citizenship. It explores the relevance of the nation-state to human freedom and flourishing, as well as the concept of citizenship that it implies, in contrast to that of the ancient polis and the "global community." The volume focusses on the shifting notions of various political concepts over time to present a systematic understanding of core concepts such as polis, nation and state from antiquity to the present. It includes contributions that analyze ancient and modern thought, and sections that address postmodern and contemporary thinkers, including Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Arendt, Weil, Grant and Manent.

A comprehensive handbook to introductory politics, this book will be invaluable to students and teachers of political science, especially political theory, political philosophy, democracy, political participation and international relations theory.

Table of Contents

Part I: Ancient Conceptions of Polis and Empire

1.Citizenship and the Polis in Aristotle’s Politics

Ann Ward

2. Cicero’s Empire of Wisdom

Stephen Sims


Part II: Modern Birth and Life of the Nation-State

3. Defining the Law of Nations: Revisions of Cicero’s ius gentium in Suárez, Grotius, and Burke

Michael R. Gonzalez

4. The Creation of Man: Linguistic Reformation and the Necessity of the State in the Work of Thomas Hobbes

Emma Planinc

5. Nation against Empire: J.G. Fichte on Economics and Cultural Nationalism

Jeffrey Church

6. Religious Authority, the Social Contract and the Need for Political Friendship

Karen Taliaferro


Part II: The Postmodern Challenge to Nationalism and State Sovereignty

7. Nietzsche Against the Sovereign Individual in the Second Essay of the Genealogy

Matthew Dinan

8. What is a People?

Mark Blitz


Part IV: Contemporary Challenges to the Global Citizenship

9. Rootedness and National Identity in the 21st Century

Luma Simms

10. Honor, Cynicism, and Liberal Education

Timothy Burns

11. Loving One’s Own: Pathway to Justice or Retrograde Tribalism?

Leah Bradshaw

12. Pierre Manent on the Nation, Humanity, and Politics as the Great Mediation

Trevor Shelley


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Ann Ward is Professor of Political Science at Baylor University, USA. Her research interests are ancient political philosophy, especially Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle, and nineteenth century political thought. Ward’s most recent book is The Socratic Individual: Philosophy, Faith and Freedom in a Democratic Age (2020). She is also the author of Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle’s Ethics (2016), and Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire (2008). She has edited Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe (2017), Socrates and Dionysus: Philosophy and Art in Dialogue (2013), Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy (2009), and Socrates: Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity (2007). She has co-edited with Lee Ward Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine Zuckert and Michael Zuckert (2013), and The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism (2009). She has published widely in scholarly journals, including POLIS: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, Perspectives on Political Science, European Journal of Political Theory, and The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms.