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Thucidides’s ‘Archaeology’ (part 1)

Updated: Jan 18

Having discussed the opening paragraph, I now turn to the second paragraph which marks the beginning of the text traditionally referred to as ‘the Archaeology’ (paragraphs 2-20).  Here is where we begin to see our theme in the series of technology.  At issue is the emerging way in which Thucydides understands the role of techne in the life of man and what that reveals about the possibility of political community.  As I show, this unfolds into a way in which the entire text can be understood as an inquiry into the greatness and the limitations that technology imposes upon the possibility of statesmanship.  In other words, Thucydides is a kind of political philosopher that is primarily concerned with the greatness man is capable of achieving when the nature of man is properly understood and harnessed by political rule.

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