"Leaders and Leadership in Thucydides' History"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1 P.M.
CPACS Room 132
Many readings of Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War emphasize the extent to which political leaders are constrained by forces beyond their control. Thucydides shows how leadership itself demonstrates human freedom, although in different ways and to different degrees, depending on the characters of individual leaders, the regimes that guide their actions and aspirations, and their self-understanding of their limits and possibilities. Thucydides teaches us that however much the actions of human beings respond to circumstances, they also come from the choices that human beings make.
About Mary P. Nichols
Mary P. Nichols served as Professor of Political Science at Baylor University until her retirement in 2017. She earned her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. She has written numerous books and articles in the history of political thought, politics, literature, and film. Her most recent books are Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom (Cornell) and Socrates on Friendship and Community: Reflections on Plato’s SYMPOSIUM, PHAEDRUS, and LYSIS (Cambridge, 2009). Her contributions to the study of film include work on classic and contemporary American westerns, and on directors John Ford, Woody Allen, and Alfred Hitchcock.
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