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Fear of Diversity:
The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought

by Arlene W. Saxonhouse

ISBN 0226735532 / 9780226735535 / 0-226-73553-2
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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This wide-ranging book locates the origin of political science in the everyday world of ancient Greek life, thought, and culture. Arlene Saxonhouse contends that the Greeks, confronted by the puzzling diversity of the physical world, sought a force that would unify, constrain, and explain it. This drive toward unity did more than value the mind over the senses: it led the Greeks to play down the very real complexitiesparticularly regarding women, the family, and sexualityin both their political and personal lives.

Saxonhouse opens up fresh understandings of such issues as the Greeks' fear of the feminine and their attempts to ignore the demands that gender, reproduction, and the family inevitably make on the individual.