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In: Plato and Xenophon
In: Voice and Voices in Antiquity
In: The Ancient Art of Persuasion across Genres and Topics
In: The Ancient Art of Persuasion across Genres and Topics
Conceptions of Reciprocity in Classical Greece
In The Economics of Friendship, Tazuko Angela van Berkel offers an account of the notion of reciprocity in 5th- and 4th-century Greek incepting social theory. The preoccupation with the norms of philia and charis, conspicuous in sources from the Classical Period, is a symptom of changes in the shape of ancient economic activities: the ubiquitous norm that one should reciprocate benefit with benefit becomes a source of conceptual confusion in the Classical Period, where other forms of exchange become conceptually available. This confusion and tension between different models of mutuality, is productive: it is the impetus for folk theory in comedy, tragedy and oratory, as well as philosophical reflection (Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle) on what it is that binds people together.
In: The Economics of Friendship
In: The Economics of Friendship
In: The Economics of Friendship
In: The Economics of Friendship