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First Democracy.

First Democracy

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

198 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10016-4314

0195304543 $13.95 www.oup.com 1-800-451-7556

First Democracy: The Challenge Of An Ancient Idea by Paul Woodruff (Darrel K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin) is an engaging and descriptive analysis of democratic national empowerment, providing a conclusive grasp of what democracy really is (or was), in an extensive study of the Greek city of Athens from which the democratic idea of a governmental system originated. First Democracy provides readers with an understanding of the barriers preventing contemporary America in the opening decade of the 21st century from being a true democracy, as well as offering readers a provocative presentation of the democratic "sine qua non": freedom from tyranny, social harmony, the rule of law, natural equality, citizen wisdom, reasoning without knowledge, and general education. A highly portable paperback that can be taken (and read) anywhere, First Democracy is very strongly recommended to all students of philosophy, political science, and the ancient Greece city state of Athens.
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Title Annotation:First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea
Author:Taylor, John
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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