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Political Science Symposium


By Marisa Gilbert

Lee University’s political science program will host Dr. Susan Collins who will offer a lecture titled, “E Pluribus Unum: Citizens, Friends, and Free Thinkers in the Ancient City.” This event will take place on Friday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Lee’s Humanities Center, Room 104.

Collins will discuss the limits and potential for politics, determining what the purpose of government is and what citizens should expect of it, in light of Aristotle's political philosophy.

This symposium will examine Aristotle’s treatment of the political community, starting with the harsh necessities of political life, such as faction, war, and conquest, to Aristotle’s extraordinary account of friendship to illuminate how, even in the face of the harsh necessities of political life, humans can yet attain their greatest goods and true freedom.

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Collins come speak at Lee,” said Dr. Thomas Pope, associate professor of political science. “She is a preeminent scholar of the ancients whose work in translation and critical interpretation highlights Aristotle's increasing relevance to contemporary political problems. In a time when we ask both too much and too little from our political leaders, it is good to remind ourselves of the regime’s purpose and our role within it.”

Collins is an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and specializes in ancient political philosophy and constitutional studies. She is the author of “Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship,” co-author and translator of “Empire and the Ends of Politics: Plato’s Menexenus and Pericles’ Funeral Oration,” and co-editor of “Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle,” in addition to peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Collins’ most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics,” with Robert Bartlett, including notes, glossary, and interpretive essay. Her current projects are focused on Herodotus and Thucydides and a study of Ancient Sparta, political founding, and the regime in classical thought.

This event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information about the symposium, contact Pope.

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