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Thu, 07 Mar



Ancient Greek Ideas of Equality under the Law

This lecture explores ancient Greek concept of equality under the law. A belief that laws need to be free of systematic bias and command public respect.

Ancient Greek Ideas of Equality under the Law
Ancient Greek Ideas of Equality under the Law

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07 Mar 2024, 18:00


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Part of: The Political Imagination: Ancient Greek Ideas

The Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen has posed the question, ‘equality of what?’ The value of equality depends on what standard is chosen. As ancient Greek thinkers recognized, equality can be deployed to exclude as well as to liberate, and its relationship to law and freedom needs to be interrogated.

Melissa Lane is a Professor of Politics at Princeton University.  Previously she was Senior University Lecturer at Cambridge University in the Faculty of History and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.  She studied for her first degree in Social Studies at Harvard University, and then took an MPhil and PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.  She is an author, lecturer and broadcaster who has received major awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lucy Shoe Meritt Residency in Classical Studies at the American Academy of Rome. She has published widely in journals and authored or introduced nine major books including Greek and Roman Political Ideas; Eco-Republic; and Of Rule and Office: Plato’s Ideas of the Political.

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