The Carlyle Lectures - Constitutions before Constitutionalism: Classical Greek Ideas of Office and Rule (Lecture Three)

Lecture Three: Ruling and Being Ruled

Turning from the articulation of constitutional rule in terms of office, to the idea of rule itself as articulated in Aristotle and Xenophon, this lecture argues for the centrality of rule as hierarchical subordination requiring obedience not only to law but also to individual rulers as such. It then explores the psychosocial demands of willing obedience on the part of the ruled.

The Carlyle Lectures are a lecture series co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Faculty of History.