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Concentrating minds: how the Greeks designed spaces for public debate

Sennett, Richard (2016) Concentrating minds: how the Greeks designed spaces for public debate. Democratic Audit UK (01 Nov 2016). Website.

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What can we learn from ancient Greece when it comes to designing spaces for political debate? In an article for Theatrum Mundi, Richard Sennett describes how ancient Athenians used amphitheatres and the agora to debate, take decisions and participate in public life. He recalls Aristotle’s notion of how a complex urban society could reconcile differences. Modern societies – where concentrating on a political question has become ever more difficult – need public spaces conducive to focus and deliberation.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 11:03
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 23:25

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