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Herodotus in the Anthropocene$
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Joel Alden Schlosser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226704708

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226704982.001.0001

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Herodotus in the Anthropocene

Joel Alden Schlosser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the concept of the Anthropocene and the problems it names and illuminates. The chapter then turns to Herodotus's Histories and how it can contribute to the rethinking of basic concepts of agency, culture (nomos), and politics. Not only does Herodotus offer new useful approaches to thinking about the content of politics; his Histories model new modes of inquiry into politics. The Histories thus challenge readers to reconsider both the what of politics and the how of political theory. This challenges prompts a new orientation for political life in general: earthly flourishing.

Keywords:   Anthropocene, inquiry, political theory, nomos, Herodotus

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