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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Definitions for isonomy

  1. equality of political rights.

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Citations for isonomy
Isonomy guaranteed … equality, but not because all men were born or created equal, but, on the contrary, because men were by nature ... not equal, and needed an artificial institution, the polis, which by virtue of its νόμος would make them equal. Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963
This emerging order was not yet a democracy, but it had many features of government by the people. Isonomy, the name used at the time (or a little later) to describe it, reflects its central characteristic: equality. Christian Meier, translated by Robert and Rita Kimber, Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age, 1998
Origin of isonomy
Isonomy derives from the Greek terms ísos meaning “equal” and nómos meaning “law.” It entered English around 1600.