Mercer University: Liberty and Tyranny in Plato

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The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles: “Liberty and Tyranny in Plato”


On March 18-19, 2019, the McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University will be hosting its annual A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas. This year’s topic is “Liberty and Tyranny in Plato.” JMC fellow Catherine Zuckert will be one of the speakers.

Monday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Mercer University

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Catherine ZuckertCatherine Zuckert is the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and currently a Visiting Professor at ASU’s School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership. Her fields of interest include political theory, history of political philosophy, the search for self-knowledge, and politics and literature. Her book on Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the R.R. Hawkins award from the Association of American Publishers for the best scholarly book published that year. Zuckert has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Bradley and Earhart Foundations. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, and was selected as a member of the Templeton Honor Role in 1998.

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The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University exists to supplement the university’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas which have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps to revitalize a cross-centuries dialogue about citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening the moral imagination and fostering civic and cultural literacy. Guided by James Madison’s maxim that “a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people,” the McDonald Center exists to promote the study of the great texts and ideas that have shaped our regime and fostered liberal learning.

The Center’s programming includes the annual A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, which was endowed by A.V. Elliott in 2012 to foster discussion on thinkers central to the Western tradition.

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