Thucydides and the Invention of Political Science

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Josiah Ober

Stanford University - Department of Classics

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Thucydides self-consciously invented a new form of inquiry, which can reasonably be called “social and political science.” His intellectual goal was a new understanding of power and its relationship to human agency and the deep structures of human society. His understanding of agency and structure is in some ways reminiscent of the reflexivity theory developed by Anthony Giddens.

Suggested Citation

Ober, Josiah, Thucydides and the Invention of Political Science (2005). Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 110515. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1426856 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1426856

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