Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy

C. C. W. Taylor

in Pleasure, Mind, and Soul

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226399
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191710209 | DOI:
 Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy

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K. J. Dover maintains that the ancient Greeks recognized no rights other than those conferred by the laws of one's city. This chapter argues that examples from philosophy, history, and drama show that in certain cases Greeks regarded themselves as possessing rights independent of, and sometimes overriding the laws of the city. These rights were seen as grounded in divine law, in special obligations which individuals owed to the gods, or in nature.

Keywords: K. J. Dover; postive; natural and divine; law; written law; unwritten law; rights; nature

Chapter.  6130 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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