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Jack Paynter Lecture | The Spartans and the Ancient Regime: Political Order in a World of Conflict

Event Description

Although a talk about the Spartans may seem natural for Michigan State, contemporary scholars looking for models of good government among the ancient regimes are unlikely to take their bearings from Classical Sparta. In earlier eras, however, many thinkers admired the good order, civic virtue, and freedom of the Spartan regime, all of which they connected with its success in managing internal conflict and external war. This talk examines the reasons for this admiration across the history of thought, the challenge that the Spartan regime poses especially for the classical political philosophers, and the ways in which a consideration of this regime can inform problems of political order today.

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