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Clemson: On a Certain Human Passion: Regulating Hatred on Campus and Beyond
March 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
On March 10, 2022, the Lyceum Program at Clemson University hosted Robert C. Bartlett for a lecture on human passions and hate speech:
Philosophers ancient and modern have agreed that we must understand the human passions if we are going to understand ourselves. Lately, one among these passions has received a lot of attention, on campuses and in courtrooms, and seems to be the root or expression of our gravest difficulties as a country: hatred. No less than the President of the United States has said that it has no place here. But what precisely is it, can it really be done away with, and how ought those who care for colleges and universities begin to think about the regulation of it, especially in the form of “hate speech”prohibitions?
Thursday, March 10, 2022 • 5:30 PM EST
Free and open to the public.
Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor in 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, Xenophon, and Aristotle. Professor Bartlett has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics, Review of Politics, and other leading scholarly journals. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Idea of Enlightenment, Plato’s Protagoras and Meno, and Xenophon’s The Shorter Socratic Writings. He is also the co-translator of an edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Before coming to Boston College, Robert Bartlett served as the Arthur M. Blank/National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor at Emory University.
Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Program, a JMC partner program, is the first college program in the United States to use a Great Books approach to studying liberty, capitalism, the American Founding, and moral character. All Lyceum Scholars are assigned faculty “Socratic Tutors” who guide their intellectual development for their entire four-year education. The Program draws inspiration from the Lyceum School founded by Aristotle in ancient Greece. Lyceum Scholars study the moral principles of a free society, the political ideals of the American Founding and the economic foundations of capitalism.
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