Greco-Roman Vs. Judeo-Christian Greek Philosophers




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Greco-Roman Vs. Judeo-Christian


Greek Philosophers

  • Socrates (Sock-ra-tees) – Socratic Method



Greek Philosophers

  • Plato (Play-toe) – Socrates’ student



Plato

    • Wrote the book Republic
    • Believed that the government should be controlled by the smartest, not the richest or most powerful
    • How does that apply to our government?
    • Indirect democracy – you vote for people who you think is best


Greek Philosophers

  • Aristotle – Plato’s student

  • Wrote HELLA books

  • Taught Alexander the Great



Aristotle

    • Wrote the book Politics
    • The group is more important than the individual
    • The city comes before the individual
    • How does this apply to our government?
    • Laws are passed that don’t benefit everyone, but they are meant for the greater good


Plato and Aristotle

  • Plato and Aristotle both believed in Philosopher Kings, the wisest and smartest people who should be running the government



Greek Mythology vs. Christianity

Greek

Multiple Choice Practice

He who trusts any man with supreme power gives it to a wild

beast, for such his appetite sometimes makes him: passion

influences those in power, even the best of men, but law is

reason without desire. . . .

Aristotle

Which feature of modern Western democratic government

reflects Aristotle’s views as given above?
  • the direct election of members of the legislature

  • the power of the courts to review the law

  • the granting of emergency powers to the chief executive

  • the requirement that government actions must adhere to the law



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