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22 - Social and political thought

According to Hegel's rich and powerful dialectical philosophy of history and history of philosophy, the characteristic philosophies of the Hellenistic era, and Stoicism in particular, express the alienation of political impotence, and indeed the transition from Sittlichkeit and the oneness of man with community to Moralitat and the emergence of the individual moral agent. This complex of fact, pseudo-fact and interpretation is what in one version or another sustains the prevailing climate of opinion about Hellenistic political and social thought. The best evidence for the character of Hellenistic kingship treatises comes from two documents, one dating from the second century BC, and the other at least thirty years after that. Polybius draws on a variety of philosophical sources, some still identifiable, some not, to produce a striking exercise in constitutional analysis. According to Epicurus, social security is not enough; freeing men's minds from fear of death and the gods is of much greater importance.
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