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La democracia precaria. El sistema del sorteo de la democracia ateniense antigua en Francisco Rodriguez Adrados y Antonio Tovar Llorente

Title in English Precarious Democracy. Sortition and Ancient Athenian Democracy in Francisco Rodriguez Adrados and Antonio Tovar Llorente


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Daimon Revista Internacional de Filosofía
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Daimon. Monografico sobre Sorteo y democracia
Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords Tovar; Adrados; francoism; sortition; athenian democracy; ideology; science; sociology
Description This article explores two groundbreaking studies of Ancient Democratic Athens in Franco’s Spain: Life of Socrates (1947, 19532, reed. 1966, 1984) and The Athenian Democracy (1975, 19661, then entitled Enlightenment and Politics in Classical Greece), written, respectively, by renowned scholars Antonio Tovar Llorente (1911-1985) and Francisco Rodríguez Adrados (born 1922). The article analyses, through a discussion focused on the treatment in those works of the most distinctive element of Ancient Athenian Democracy, the selection by lot (sortition), their internal contradictions, ideological misreadings, as well as the achievements. Firstly, the analysis is based on the opposition between ideology and science, as read by Ellen M. Wood in classical scholars and, secondly, on a framework of Sociology of the intellectuals.
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