W imieniu Kierowników Zakładu Historii Starożytnej IH UW oraz Katedry Prawa Rzymskiego
i Prawa Antycznego WPiA UW
zapraszamy na wykład
Dr. Mirko Canevaro
Majority Rule vs. Consensus:
in the Greek Poleis
Spotkanie w ramach Seminarium Starożytniczego
Ewy Wipszyckiej odbędzie się we czwartek 8. marca o godz. 15:00
w Bibliotece Papirologii i Prawa Rzymskiego
Collegium Iuridicum I, piętro 1, pok. 203, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
Streszczenie wykładu: This paper, through a discussion of the relevant procedures and the underlying ideas about democratic decision making, explores how decisions were actually made in the day-to-day business of democratic deliberation in Athens and in the other democratic Greek city-states. Scholars have often identified the Greek polis as the first example of majority rule. This is in line with the common modern understanding of democracy as the rule of the majority, and those who subscribe to this understanding often use the Greek example as the beginning of a genealogy of democratic government. This has had far-reaching consequences and has sometimes excluded the Athenian model from discussions of alternative models of deliberation, and of democracy. Others have even used Greek democracy as a historical example to oppose to modern European trends towards consensus or consociational democracy. In this paper, Canevaro reviews the evidence for the decision-making process in Greek Assemblies and shows that for the most part decisions were made unanimously or near-unanimously. He then discusses the Athenian evidence and describes the procedures and institutions that favoured democratic deliberation and fostered the formation of consensus, arguing that democratic deliberation towards consensus was a key element of Greek decision making, which secured the cohesion of Greek communities and the legitimacy of their system of government.
Spotkanie naukowe zorganizowane zostało w ramach prac zespołu projektu badawczego NCN
Grecka kultura arystokratyczna (VIII–V w. p.n.e.) – style życia i systemy wartości (2016/21/B/HS3/03096).