A History of Political Theories: Ancient and Medieval

A History of Political Theories: Ancient and Medieval

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A History of Political Theories: Ancient and Medieval

A History of Political Theories: Ancient and Medieval

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In every community of human beings there may be detected some form, however rude, of regulating authority, which determines in some degree, however slight, the relations of the members of the community with one another. The forms and functions of this authority are as diverse as the times and places in which these communities are found. The ancient Greek πóλιϚ and the modern British Empire differ as widely in characteristics as in time; the Papuan tribe and the French nation more widely than in place. In times and places where no advance has been made out of the social conditions which are designated as barbarous, the exercise of and submission to this regulating authority are matters for the most part of physical force or unreasoning habit. With developing civilization, however, man seeks some explanation of the phenomena of authority that shall satisfy the rational spirit. The first results of this seeking are often ridiculous enough, in the judgment of more advanced reason, though not more so than the earliest results of investigation into the phenomena of the physical world. But whatever the results may be, whenever . . .

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