Clemson University: Persuasion and the Nature of Politics

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Lyceum Program: “Persuasion and the Nature of Politics”


On February 12, 2020, the Lyceum Program Speaker Series, a JMC partner program, will host JMC faculty partner Mark Blitz for a lecture on persuasion and the nature of politics.

Persuasion is important in any political regime that relies on compromise, diplomacy, and competitive elections. What makes it possible and effective? What are its limits? And, what does using it teach us about the place of reason in political life? The event will include a lecture and Q&A.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:30 PM
100 Hardin Hall • Clemson University

Free and open to the public

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Mark BlitzMark Blitz is Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom at Claremont McKenna College. His research interests include political science, American politics, ancient philosophy (particularly Plato), and 21st-century philosophy (particularly Heidegger). He served during the Reagan Administration as associate director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Blitz has received numerous teaching awards, including the American Political Science Association Award for Outstanding Teaching (2008), the Crocker Award for Merit from Claremont McKenna College (2007), and the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Blitz is a JMC faculty partner.

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Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Scholars 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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