Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College: “Schedule for Honorable Ambition: a Celebration of the Career of Robert Faulkner”
On March 18-19, 2021, JMC faculty partner Robert Faulkner will be honored with a two-day virtual event hosted by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, at Boston College. JMC fellow Tobin Craig and faculty partners Peter McNamara, Paul Carrese, Jean Yarbrough, and Bryan Garsten will be speaking for the occasion.
Thursday-Friday, March 18-19, 2021
Institute for the Liberal Arts • Boston College
Free and open to the public, registration required.
Robert Faulkner teaches and writes chiefly about modern political philosophy and American political and legal thought. He is author of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics (2007), Francis Bacon and the Project of Progress (1993), Richard Hooker and the Politics of a Christian England (1981), and The Jurisprudence of John Marshall (1968). His book on honorable ambition includes chapters on Xenophon’s Cyrus; Plato’s Alcibiades; Aristotle’s virtue of magnanimity; and critiques by Hobbes, Kant, Nietzsche, Rawls, and Arendt.
Faulkner co-edited America at Risk (2009) and Marshall’s Life of George Washington (2000). He has written recently about Lincoln’s prescriptions for liberal democracy, Carlyle on the hero, the differences between Xenophon’s Cyrus and Herodotus’s, Aristotle’s doubts about executive power, Locke’s republicanism and critique of religion, and Bacon’s scientific method and his use of the essay as a literary form.
Faulkner was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford and has held fellowships from the Ford, Mellon, Earhart, and Bradley foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a past chair of the Boston College Department of Political Science and a past president of the New England Political Science. Association.
Professor Faulkner is a JMC faculty partner.
The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College is dedicated to fostering innovative programs in the liberal arts that will enhance the intellectual life of students and faculty and lead to new ways of understanding the world we live in. The Institute calls for major grant proposals twice a year and funds projects conceived by interdisciplinary teams of faculty and dedicated to thinking imaginatively about the liberal arts and the contemporary university. The Institute also organizes seminars and symposia that bring faculty from different disciplines together around shared topics of interest. The Institute collaborates with existing programs and centers, forging connections across campus and supporting scholarship that bridges the humanities and other disciplines, including the professional schools.
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