The Politics of the Middle Class: Aristotle and the American Founding
Several renowned scholars will discuss Leslie G. Rubin’s new book, America, Aristotle, and the Politics of the Middle Class (Baylor University Press, 2018) at Princeton University’s James Madison Program.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 • 4:30PM
Lewis Library 120 • Princeton University
This event is “An America’s Founding and Future Lecture” and is free and open to the public.
JMC faculty partner Robert Faulkner and JMC fellows Carson Holloway, Mary Nichols, and Robert George will discuss Rubin’s new book. Matthew J. Franck, the Director of the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute, will also serve as a discussant.
About America, Aristotle, and the Politics of a Middle Class
The founders of the American regime prided themselves on having a “new science of politics” that would make republicanism a successful form of government for the first time in history. In a groundbreaking new book, political theorist Leslie G. Rubin argues that in certain critical respects the American founders rediscovered key insights of Aristotle about the role of a middle-class citizenry in stabilizing a durable republicanism. Rubin undertakes a fresh examination of Aristotle, reading him as offering the middle-class republic as his true best regime, and of American founders such as Adams and Franklin, in whose thought she finds echoes and evocations of Aristotelian themes. In an age of middle-class fragility, Rubin’s timely book prompts us to think anew about vital questions of American politics.
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