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  1. Primates and Philosophers. How Morality Evolved.Frans de Waal, Stephen Macedo, Josiah Ober, Robert Wright, Christine M. Korsgaard & Philip Kitcher - 2007 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (3):598-599.
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    The Original Meaning of "Democracy": Capacity to Do Things, Not Majority Rule.Josiah Ober - 2008 - Constellations 15 (1):3-9.
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    The Original Meaning of “Democracy”: Capacity to Do Things, Not Majority Rule.Josiah Ober - 2008 - Constellations 15 (1):3-9.
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    Quasi-Rights: Participatory Citizenship and Negative Liberties in Democratic Athens: Josiah Ober.Josiah Ober - 2000 - Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (1):27-61.
    The relationship between participatory democracy and constitutional liberalism is a famously troubled one. The purpose of this essay is to suggest that, at least under certain historical conditions, participatory democracy will indeed support the establishment of constitutional liberalism. That is to say, the development of institutions, behavioral habits, and social values centered on the active participation of free and equal citizens in democratic politics can lead to the extension of legally enforced immunities from coercion to citizens and noncitizens alike. Such (...)
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    Political Knowledge and Right-Sizing Government.Josiah Ober - 2015 - Critical Review 27 (3-4):362-374.
    ABSTRACTIlya Somin's Democracy and Political Ignorance proposes an original, epistemic argument for decentralizing and downsizing democratic government. Somin's argument does not produce a plausible real-world program for government reform, nor does he exhaust the universe of what voting is for, or possible democratic solutions to the epistemic problem of rational ignorance and cognitive limitation. But his proposal is of considerable interest as an advance in political theory. The historical example of the classical Greek world of decentralized authority and small city-states (...)
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  6. Aristotle's Politics: Critical Essays.Jonathan Barnes, John M. Cooper, Dorothea Frede, Stephen Taylor Holmes, David Keyt, Fred D. Miller, Josiah Ober, Stephen G. Salkever, Malcolm Schofield & Jeremy Waldron - 2005 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Aristotle's Politics is widely recognized as one of the classics of the history of political philosophy, and like every other such masterpiece, it is a work about which there is deep division.
     
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    Natural Capacities and Democracy as a Good-in-Itself.Josiah Ober - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 132 (1):59 - 73.
    Democracy is shown to be a non-instrumental good-in-itself (as well as an instrument in securing other goods) by extrapolation from the Aristotelian premise that humans are political animals. Because humans are by nature language-using, as well as sociable and common-end-seeking beings, the capacity to associate in public decisions is constitutive of the human being-kind. Association in decision is necessary (although insufficient) for happiness in the sense of eudaimonia. A benevolent dictator who satisfied all other conditions of justice, harms her subjects (...)
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  8. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved.Stephen Macedo & Josiah Ober (eds.) - 2009 - Princeton University Press.
    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality. In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes. Science has thus exacerbated our reciprocal habits of blaming nature when we act badly and labeling the (...)
     
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  9. Classical Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power.Josiah Ober - 2004 - In The Promotion of Knowledge: Lectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy 1902-2002. pp. 145-161.
     
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    From Epistemic Diversity to Common Knowledge: Rational Rituals and Cooperation in Democratic Athens.Josiah Ober - 2006 - Episteme 3 (3):214-233.
    Classical Athens provides a historical case study of effective joint action by a democratic community, at scale, over time, and across a socially and epistemically diverse population. Athens was concerned both with aggregating diverse knowledge for decision-making and with building common knowledge for coordinated joint action. A preserved prosecution speech delivered in an Athenian treason trial reveals how common knowledge was generated by democratic institutions and employed in legal arguments. Common knowledge facilitated eff ective coordination among citizens through productive alignment (...)
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    Institutions, Ideology, and Political Consciousness in Ancient Greece: Some Recent Books on Athenian DemocracyMass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People.Athenian Democracy in the Age of Demosthenes.The Classical Athenian Democracy.The Greek Discovery of Politics.Athens From Cleisthenes to Pericles.Freedom: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture. [REVIEW]Lisa Kallet-Marx, Josiah Ober, Mogens Herman Hansen, David Stockton, Chistian Meier, Charles W. Fornara, Loren J. Samons Ii & Orlando Patterson - 1994 - Journal of the History of Ideas 55 (2):307.
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    Joseph Schumpeter's Caesarist Democracy.Josiah Ober - 2017 - Critical Review 29 (4):473-491.
    ABSTRACTSchumpeter’s highly influential theory of democracy, developed in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, is less a market-based theory of party competition than it is a theory of strong leadership, modeled after generalship. As such, it is a weak foundation for rebuilding a democratic theory of party politics. Moreover, Schumpeter’s demolition of the “Classical Doctrine of Democracy” knocks down a straw-man theory: a hybrid of Bentham’s utilitarianism and Rousseau’s communitarianism that few contemporary theorists of democracy would be willing to defend.
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    What's Wrong with Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship.Josiah Ober - 2009 - Common Knowledge 15 (3):501-501.
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    Socrates and Democratic Athens: The Story of the Trial in its Historical and Legal Contexts.Josiah Ober - unknown
    Abstract: Socrates was both a loyal citizen (by his own lights) and a critic of the democratic community's way of doing things. This led to a crisis in 339 B.C. In order to understand Socrates' and the Athenian community's actions (as reported by Plato and Xenophon) it is necessary to understand the historical and legal contexts, the democratic state's commitment to the notion that citizens are resonsible for the effects of their actions, and Socrates' reasons for preferring to live in (...)
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    Who Needs Greek? S. Goldhill: Who Needs Greek? Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism . Pp. VIII + 326, Pls. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Paper, £15.95 (Cased, £45). Isbn: 0-521-01176-0 (0-521-84228-3 Hbk). [REVIEW]Josiah Ober - 2003 - The Classical Review 53 (01):239-.
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    D'Angour A. The Greeks and the New: Novelty in Ancient Greek Imagination and Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Pp. X + 264. £55/$90 (Hbk); £19.99/$33.99 (Pbk). 9780521850971 (Hbk); 9780521616485 (Pbk). [REVIEW]Josiah Ober - 2013 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 133:184-185.
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    Who Needs Greek? [REVIEW]Josiah Ober - 2003 - The Classical Review 53 (1):239-242.
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    Books in Review.Josiah Ober - 1991 - Political Theory 19 (3):477-480.
  19. Development and Political Theory in Classical Athens.Federica Carugati, Barry R. Weingast & Josiah Ober - 2016 - Polis 33 (1):71-91.
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  20. Primates and Philosophers.Stephen Macedo & Josiah Ober (eds.) - 2006 - Princeton University Press.
    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality. -/- In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes. Science has thus exacerbated our reciprocal habits of blaming nature when we act badly and labeling (...)
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  21. A Judicious Study Of Discernible Reality.Josiah Ober - 2005 - Polis 22 (2):309-318.
    G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Athenian Democratic Origins and Other Essays, edited by David Harvey and Robert Parker, with the assistance of Peter Thonemann , pp. vii + 447; £92.00, ISBN 0 19 925517 2.
     
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  22. A Judicious Study of Discernible Reality.Josiah Ober - 2005 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 22 (2):309-318.
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  23. Institutions, Growth, and Inequality in Ancient Greece.Josiah Ober - 2018 - In Gerasimos Santas & Georgios Anagnostopoulos (eds.), Democracy, Justice, and Equality in Ancient Greece. Springer Verlag.
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  24. Quasi-Rights: Political Boundaries and Social Diversity in Democratic Athens.Josiah Ober - 2000 - Social Philosophy and Policy 17 (1):27-61.
     
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  25. Review Article – Philosophy, History, and Democracy.Josiah Ober - 2002 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 19 (1-2):145-155.
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  26. Review Article — Philosophy, History, and Democracy.Josiah Ober - 2002 - Polis 19 (1-2):145-156.
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  27. Thucydides as a Prospect Theorist.Josiah Ober & Tomer J. Perry - 2014 - Polis 31 (2):206-232.
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