Lecture Antigone 1-31

Lecture Antigone 1-31 - Antigone 1. I. Review of Sparta. A....

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Antigone 1. I. Review of Sparta. A. I hope the conclusion you draw about Sparta matches the conclusion drawn by David Hume: It is well known with what peculiar laws SPARTA was governed, and what a prodigy that republic is justly esteemed by every one, who has considered human nature as it has displayed itself in other nations, and other ages. Were the testimony of history less positive and circumstantial, such a government would appear a mere philosophical whim or fiction, and impossible ever to be reduced to practice. Similarly, Rousseau said that Sparta denatured human beings. B. Why is Sparta considered such an anomaly? What principles of human nature does it contradict? There is some nature there, but it is stripped out. This assumes we know something about human nature and that Sparta runs against the grain of it. 1. love of self (channeled to serve the city) 2. love of family—marriage and love of children. 3. concern for self-preservation. 4. normal human pride. 5. the desire for property, and for more property—the desire for more. C. Sparta does not so much get rid of these things entirely, but it does change them or channel them in ways that serve the city. There is pride, but it is pride in Sparta. There is concern for self-preservation, but it is Sparta’s preservation. There is love of family, but Sparta is a family. There is a love of self, but everyone is a Spartan first. D.
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