• Cicero's critique of popular philosophy in De Finibus 

    Baruh, Carly Tess (2010-12-01)
    This paper considers Cicero’s dialogues concerning Epicurean and Stoic philosophy in De Finibus. In it, I consider Cicero’s portrayal both of the deep appeal of the promise of perfect wisdom and invulnerability to chance ...
  • Plato and Thucydides on Athenian imperialism 

    Truelove, Scott Matthew (2012-07-13)
    For over two thousand years, Plato’s superiority to Thucydides was taken as an article of faith in Western philosophy. Nietzsche was the first to challenge this verdict by asserting his view—on philosophical grounds—that ...
  • Political ambition and piety in Xenophon's Memorabilia 

    Fallis, Lewis (2013-06-20)
    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 ...
  • Politics, religion, and philosophy in Al-Farabi's Book of Religion 

    Siddiqi, Ahmed Ali (2014-08-15)
    This thesis offers an interpretation of Al-Farabi’s Book of Religion, in which the tenth- century philosopher addresses more directly than in any of his other works the relationship between human and divine wisdom. Believing ...
  • Virtue and irrationality in republican politics : Cicero’s critique of popular philosophy 

    Herold, Carly Tess (2015-01-28)
    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 ...