• An analysis of Plato's Meno 

    Duggan, Nicholas James (2015-10-16)
    This thesis offers an analysis of Plato’s Meno, in which the Greek philosopher addresses more directly than in any other dialogue the character of human virtue. Believing that Plato has considerable guidance to offer us ...
  • Cultural kindism : what it is and why we should endorse it 

    Blackman, Reid Diamond (2008-12)
    In this dissertation I argue, first, that an Aristotelian/Kindist approach to ethics is superior to the dominant approach of the 20th Century because it avoids deep meta-ethical puzzles, and second, that we should reject ...
  • Harmony of city and soul : Plato and the classical virtue of moderation 

    Rabinowitz, Laura (2014-12)
    This study examines and defends moderation as a moral, political, and philosophic virtue. I argue that modern political theory, despite its success in curbing certain excesses, is unable to account fully for our contemporary ...
  • Modern virtue, the pursuit of liberty, and the work of self-government in The spirit of the laws 

    West, Samuel Mitchell (2010-12)
    In The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu distinguishes between governing regimes and positive law based on principles that emerge from relationships within the actual world and laws based on prejudices or ignorance which ...
  • Political ambition and piety in Xenophon's Memorabilia 

    Fallis, Lewis Bartlett (2013-05)
    This thesis analyzes Books III and IV of Xenophon’s Memorabilia. The Memorabilia is Xenophon’s defense of Socrates or the philosophic life against Athens or the political community as such. In Book III, Xenophon presents ...
  • Shame and virtue in Plato and Aristotle 

    Raymond, Christopher Cecil (2013-05)
    In this dissertation, I examine Plato and Aristotle's reasons for denying that aidôs, or a sense of shame, is a virtue. The bulk of my study is devoted to the interpretation of two key texts: Plato's Charmides and Aristotle's ...
  • Should Aristotle pass the buck? : on choosing a virtuous act for itself 

    Smith, Kevin Wayne (2011-12)
    In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle identifies three conditions that are necessary in order for a virtuous act to have been done as a virtuous agent: the act must be done (1) knowingly, (2) for itself, and (3) from a ...
  • Virtue and irrationality in republican politics : Cicero’s critique of popular philosophy 

    Herold, Carly Tess (2014-12)
    This dissertation examines the political thought of Cicero in order to shed light on the question of the extent to which politics is or can be made rational. Much of modern political science and policy-making treats ...
  • Virtue and self-control 

    Elia, John Arthur (2004)