• The aim of dialectics In Plato's Euthyphro 

    Fallis, Lewis Bartlett (2015-12-09)
    This dissertation presents an analysis of Plato’s dialogue on piety, the Euthyphro. The aim of the dissertation is to understand the nature of piety and its connection with morality. Chapter One introduces the topic of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The person and society Rawls, Maritain, and the concept of personhood in politics 

    Stuart, Kevin Ethridge; 0000-0003-0364-7849 (2015-08-19)
    John Rawls, a titanic figure in political philosophy in the 20th century, thought he could make politics independent of metaphysics, that he could work up a neutral, coherent, and compelling account of justice free of ...
  • 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 Bartlett (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 ...