For the second week of Political Studies Program, fellows will continue their exploration of political philosophy.

Fellows will again have a choice between two seminars. One seminar will delve into the principles of political rhetoric – both what it is and what its potential virtues and vices may be. Fellows will study classic examples of rhetoric and contemporary political speeches, with a view toward understanding the interrelationship between political rhetoric and emotions, and how these connections can be both useful and dangerous, especially for democracies. Our second seminar will examine two Shakespearean plays – King Lear and The Tempest – and what they reveal about the political themes of ambition and honor, love and friendship, rulers and usurpers.

Image Credit: Gustav Klimt, Pallas Athena, 1898

Robert C. Bartlett on Aristotle's Guide to the Good Life


Robert C. Bartlett

Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. His principal area of research is classical political philosophy, with particular attention to the thinkers of ancient Hellas, including Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle. He is the co-translator of a new edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.

Mary P. Nichols

Mary P. Nichols is Professor Emerita of Political Science at Baylor University. She is author of Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, and Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato’s Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis. She has delivered lectures on ancient political theory, Shakespeare, and film.

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