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Title: The Legal Regulation of Private Conduct at Athens: Two Controversies on Freedom
Authors: Wallace, Robert W.
Keywords: lawpositive freedomnegative freedom
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Robert W. Wallace, "The Legal Regulation of Private Conduct at Athens: Two Controversies on Freedom", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, IX (2007) 1, pp. 155-171.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
IX (2007) 1
Despite the Athenians’ pronounced ideology of personal freedom (“living as you like”), many
scholars deny that they enjoyed either positive freedoms (in particular to speak free of interruption
in the Assembly) or negative freedoms, where the state could intervene as it wished, as
against Sokrates for his religious views. The current essay argues that in their personal lives the
Athenians were entirely free, except when speech or action materially harmed the community.
A second ideology that community welfare superseded the wishes of any citizen was both universal
and paramount – even for Plato’s Sokrates.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2007) IX/1

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