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‘The Right to do what one wants’: Ancient democratic conception of freedom and its reception in Plato and the Stoics

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In Classical Antiquity, Athenian democracy defended a radical form of freedom, referred to as ‘the power to do what one wants’. In this seminar, we shall have a look at the way intellectuals reacted to it and how, thanks to Plato and the Stoics, the Democratic conception of freedom managed to stay alive long after the death of Ancient democracy.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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