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Political Theory Institute: “Ideological Tyranny and Glaucon’s Fate: Plato’s Republic in Context”


The Political Theory Institute at American University, a JMC partner program, will host Jacob Howland, of the University of Tulsa, for a lecture on ideological tyranny, Glaucon’s fate, and Plato’s Republic in context.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301 • American University

Free and open to the public

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Jacob Howland is the McFarlin Professor of Philosophy and past Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa, where he teaches in the Honors Program as well as in philosophy. His research focuses on ancient Greek political philosophy, although he has also published books on Kierkegaard, Socrates, Plato, and the Talmud. His articles have appeared in leading journals on philosophy, classics, and political science. Professor Howland is the author of several books, his latest being Glaucon’s Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato’s Republic (Paul Dry Books, 2018).

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The Political Theory Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs encourages the serious study of the great questions of political theory and brings insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events. American University has a long tradition of vigorous political debate. Behind every serious political controversy, however, lies a disagreement about political principles, justice, what constitutes “the good life,” or fundamental assumptions about human nature. A thoughtful and morally serious engagement with the controversies of the day, therefore, requires serious reflection on the underlying questions of political theory.

Open to all ideas and perspectives, the Political Theory Institute promotes vigorous and thoughtful discussion and critical engagement by American University faculty, the national and international political theory community, and policy makers with the problems confronting liberal democracies. It supports scholarship that informs and enriches the larger conversation about political ideas. Above all, the Political Theory Institute fosters a spirit of enlightened citizenship—at once thoughtful and engaged—that takes intellectual disagreements seriously without being ideological.

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