The Spring 2018 issue of The Review of Politics was a special issue honoring Catherine Zuckert’s vast contributions to political thought. Several other JMC fellows published articles conversing with Catherine Zuckert’s scholarship in this issue, including Jeffrey Church, Susan Collins, Vickie Sullivan, Alexander Duff, Faisal Baluch, and Judd Owen. JMC faculty partners Michael Zuckert and Michael Gillespie were also published in this issue. Below is the first part of Notre Dame professor Mary Key’s introduction to the issue. See the full list of articles here.
Honoring Catherine Zuckert
This special edition of the Review of Politics commemorates the extraordinary career and scholarship of Catherine H. Zuckert, the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science and editor in chief of the Review of Politics from 2004 to 2017. Zuckert’s prodigious scholarship in the history of political thought includes studies in ancient, modern, and postmodern philosophy, as well as literature and politics. She has authored books on Plato, Machiavelli, American literature, and postmodern thinkers, as well as two books on Leo Strauss coauthored with Michael Zuckert. In addition, she has edited essay collections and overseen numerous special issues of the Review of Politics.
The articles in this volume originated as papers presented at the conference Ancients, Moderns, and Postmoderns: Honoring Catherine Zuckert, held in May 2017 at the University of Notre Dame, on the occasion of Zuckert’s retirement.1 Their presentation here follows the chronological order of publication of three of Zuckert’s books: Postmodern Platos (1996), Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (2009), and Machiavelli’s Politics (2017). The authors of these papers include colleagues of Zuckert from the University of Notre Dame and from the outside academy, together with former students of Zuckert who are now teaching in the academy. After a final contribution by Michael Zuckert on her pioneering scholarship in the field of politics and literature, Zuckert responds to her commentators and offers a note on her future research plans.
Catherine Zuckert is Nancy Reeves Dreux Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics from 2003-2018. Zuckert’s book Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for the best book written in philosophy and religion by the American Association of Publishers in 1990. Understanding the Political Spirit: From Socrates to Nietzsche, edited by Zuckert, received a Choice award as one of the best books published in political theory in 1989. Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of Dialogues received the R. Hawkins Award for the Best Scholarly Book Published in 2009 (in any or all fields). It also received an award for “Excellence in the Humanities”, the Best Book Published in Philosophy, and Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2009. Professor Zuckert’s Most Recent Book is Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy with Michael P. Zuckert (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, June 2014).
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