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Josiah Ober
Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford

Josiah Ober is Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (2015).

Written by Josiah Ober

Essay/
Human rights and justice
What kind of citizen was he?

Conventional wisdom sees Socrates as a martyr for free speech, but he accepted his death sentence for a different cause

Josiah Ober

Essay/
Fairness and equality
Lessons of Demopolis

Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them

Josiah Ober