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Metamorphoses of the City
Author: Pierre Manent

ISBN: 9780674072947
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 8 September 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.7 x 3.3
Description:
What is the best way to govern ourselves? The history of the West has been shaped by the struggle to answer this question, according to Pierre Manent. A major achievement by one of Europe's most influential political philosophers, "Metamorphoses of the City" is a sweeping interpretation of Europe's ambition since ancient times to generate ever better forms of collective self-government, and a reflection on what it means to be modern. Manent's genealogy of the nation-state begins with the Greek city-state, the "polis." With its creation, humans ceased to organize themselves solely by family and kinship systems and instead began to live politically.

Eventually, as the "polis" exhausted its possibilities in warfare and civil strife, cities evolved into empires, epitomized by Rome, and empires in turn gave way to the universal Catholic Church and finally the nation-state. Through readings of Aristotle, Augustine, Montaigne, and others, Manent charts an intellectual history of these political forms, allowing us to see that the dynamic of competition among them is a central force in the evolution of Western civilization...

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