Thucydides the Constructivist

  title={Thucydides the Constructivist},
  author={Richard Ned Lebow},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={547 - 560}
  • R. Lebow
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
The most superficial level of Thucydides’ history examines the destructive consequences of domestic and foreign policies framed outside the language of justice. His deeper political-philosophical aim was to explore the relationship between nomos (convention) and phusis (nature) and its implications for civilization. Thucydides concludes that nomos constructs identities and channels and restrains the behavior of individuals and societies. Speech and reason (logos) in turn make nomos possible… 


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