The Use of Kairos in Renaissance Political Philosophy*

  title={The Use of Kairos in Renaissance Political Philosophy*},
  author={Joanna Paul},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={43 - 78}
  • J. Paul
  • Published 17 March 2014
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  • Renaissance Quarterly
Abstract Although the Greek concept of kairos (καιρός) has undergone a recent renewal of interest among scholars of Renaissance rhetoric, this revival has not yet been paralleled by its reception into the history of political thought. This article examines the meanings and uses of this important concept within the ancient Greek tradition, particularly in the works of Isocrates and Plutarch, in order to understand how it is employed by two of the most important political thinkers of the… 
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