Tyranny: A New Interpretation

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, May 27, 2013 - Philosophy
This is the first comprehensive exploration of ancient and modern tyranny in the history of political thought. Waller R. Newell argues that modern tyranny and statecraft differ fundamentally from the classical understanding. Newell demonstrates a historical shift in emphasis from the classical thinkers' stress on the virtuous character of rulers and the need for civic education to the modern emphasis on impersonal institutions and cold-blooded political method. By diagnosing the varieties of tyranny from erotic voluptuaries like Nero, the steely determination of reforming conquerors like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar and modernizing despots such as Napoleon and Ataturk to the collectivist revolutions of the Jacobins, Bolsheviks, Nazis and Khmer Rouge, Newell shows how tyranny is every bit as dangerous to free democratic societies today as it was in the past.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Is There an Ontology of Tyranny?
26
The Primordial and the Transcendental as Fundamental
32
The Tyrant and the Statesman in Platos Political
81
Superlative Virtue Monarchy and Political Community
141
The Claim of Superlative Virtue in the Debate about
156
A Godlike Man in the City?
162
Monarchy Reason and Nature
169
Arendt on the Household and the Community
180
Machiavellis Vision of the
345
Virtue Necessity and Choice in the Founding of Cities
351
The Cycle of Regimes
363
The Republic Perfected by Chance
383
The Rise and Fall of the New Rome
406
Machiavelli and Religion
419
Tyranny Ancient and Modern
433
The Two Corridors to Modernity Dark and Light
445

Tyranny and the Science of Ruling in Xenophons
186
Cyruss Imperialistic Revolution
199
The Peloponnesian War and the Thucydidean Context
210
Machiavelli Xenophon and Xenophons Cyrus
228
the Appeal to Antiquity
257
The New Prince
271
The Three Stages of Mastering Fortuna
325
The Torture of Nature?
456
The Phenomenology of Tyranny
478
The Transition to Totalitarianism and the Will of
498
The Hermeneutical Problem of Tyranny
513
Bibliography
519
Index
537
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Waller R. Newell is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Carleton University. He is the author of The Soul of a Leader: Character, Conviction, and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness (2009), The Code of Man: Love, Courage, Pride, Family, Country (2003) and Ruling Passion: The Erotics of Statecraft in Platonic Political Philosophy (2000).