Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (2024; in production)

This book traces the remnants of Ancient Greek democratic thought in American Republicanism. It identifies a shared set of fundamental concerns in ancient Greek democratic thought and American republicanism, as they have been approached by Hannah Arendt and Christopher Lasch. Its central theme is the concept of Prometheus, according to depictions offered by Aeschylus and Protagoras. The book traces Promethean elements in the Greek polis, the system of direct democracy developed particularly in ancient Athens, and traces similar systems of democratic practice in colonial America. The research identifies Promethean elements not simply in the ideology of the men behind the American Revolution, but also in republican ideologies developed within abolitionist movements in America during and before the birth and spread of populism.

The book re-examines theoretical perspectives offered in some of her influential works – On Revolution, and The Human Condition. It also builds on Lasch’s views on the Populist movement, while reflecting on Aristotle’s Politics and Nicomachean Ethics. Thus, it attempts to deepen our understanding of participatory political possibilities from ancient to modern times, casting a critical eye on philosophical trends behind liberal ‘representative democracy’.