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<b>Introduction: ‘Nous autres grecs’</b> <sup> <b>1</b> </sup>

Miriam Leonard

in Athens in Paris

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277254
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191707414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277254.003.0001

Series: Classical Presences

 						Introduction: ‘Nous autres grecs’ 						 								1

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How did the Greeks come to be at the centre of a debate about the role of ‘the political’ in French structuralist and post-structuralist thought? This introductory chapter investigates how the major figures of French Hellenism and the most prominent exponents of French philosophy both turned to the Greeks to voice their involvement in contemporary politics. It takes as its focus the events of May 1968, and asks how the debate about the role of political engagement in the wake of the student uprising led these writers to revisit the ideological struggles of Classical Athens.

Keywords: Greeks; May 1968; engagement; structuralism; post-structuralism; French Hellenism; French philosophy

Chapter.  8615 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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