Introduction: pluralism and the Greeks

Lauren J. Apfel

in The Advent of Pluralism

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199600625
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724985 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Introduction: pluralism and the Greeks

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This chapter sets the stage by making clear the broad connection between the modern idea of pluralism and the ancient Greek world. It outlines the importance of the philosophical position of pluralism, as identified by its greatest exponent, Isaiah Berlin, and it sets out in detail its specific tenets (diversity, conflict, incommensurability, and the rejection of an ideal life). The chapter then traces the origins of pluralism back to the ancient divide between the one and the many, as manifested in both the pre‐Socratic philosophers as well as the lyric poets. Finally, it considers the impact of Plato's monism on our contemporary condition and situates the argument of the book in the context of previous classical scholarship.

Keywords: pluralism; Isaiah Berlin; diversity; conflict; incommensurability; the one; the many; pre‐socratics; plato; monism

Chapter.  17902 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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