Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue

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Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue

  • Texas A&M University
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How can Aristotle help you become a more thoughtful and ethical person?

The word “politics” is an often-controversial term in our day, conjuring associations with partisanship and subterfuge. But as conceived by the ancient Greeks, politics was essential for becoming a more virtuous person.

Among the great minds of antiquity, perhaps none remains as relevant as Aristotle. For this exemplary philosopher, the ultimate purpose of politics was the common good.

Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue gives you the rare opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts on Aristotle and political theory. With Prof. Cary J. Nederman, you’ll explore Aristotle’s historical, intellectual, and biographical backdrop. You’ll also draw connections between this context and the moral and political philosophies of Aristotle.

Finally, you will consider the inspiring Aristotelian conception of human goodness. In particular, you’ll look at his powerful principle of teleology: all human beings have a purpose.

By understanding Aristotle’s influences and ideas, you’ll come to understand him as a thinker influenced by his time and place. But you’ll also see how he provided the basis for moral philosophy, political thought, and university curricula in the West and beyond. Today, Aristotle remains vital, inspiring great thinkers and providing insights into contemporary issues.

And most importantly, Aristotle speaks powerfully about what it means to be a good person. By studying his thought, you will find guidance for flourishing and realizing your potential.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • The Greek Polis and Athenian Democracy
  • Athens in Peace and War
  • Athenian Culture and the Birth of Philosophy
  • Plato and His Student Aristotle
  • The Life Worth Living
  • Aristotle’s Theory of Virtue
  • The Political Animal
  • The Meaning(s) of Citizenship
  • Forms of Constitutional Order
  • Justice vs. Stability
  • The Ideal Polis
  • Aristotelianism after Aristotle
About Your Presenter

Prof. Cary J. Nederman is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and co-director of the Program in Ethics and Political Science. In 1983, he received his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, where he also taught following graduation. Prof. Nederman has previously taught at the University of Alberta in Canada, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Siena College in Albany, New York, and the University of Arizona. He is an expert on the history of Western political thought, with a specialization in Greek, Roman, and early European ideas up to the seventeenth century.

Prof. Nederman is the author or editor of approximately twenty books, including Religion, Power and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries; A Companion to Marsilius of Padua; Lineages of European Political Thought; and Machiavelli. He has also published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, including contributions to leading journals in political science, history, philosophy, and medieval studies. Prof. Nederman serves on the editorial boards of several prominent national and international journals, and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Ideas. He has been a research fellow at ...

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