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Paul Walter Ludwig
St. John's College, Main Campus (Annapolis, MD 21401-1687)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

Family and Community in Greek Political Thought: The Tragedy of Philia

My project studies the ancient Greek word and concept philia: the nonerotic love between family members and friends. I focus on philia as a bond of political association in Greek philosophy, drama, and historiography. In particular, I examine political and theoretical attempts to use the family (and familial love) as a model for the political community. At their most utopian, these attempts envisioned transforming the community into one great household that would bind citizens together with ties of philia. I attempt to assess the pros and cons of philia as a bond of political association in a variety of classical Greek discourses. To correct what I see as a lacuna in the scholarly literature, I focus largely on examples of dysfunctional philia.