Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Texas A&M University
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Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Texas A&M University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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 Aristotl

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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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 the Center for Advanced Studies of the International Institute at the University of Michigan and a teaching fellow at St. Catharine’s College of the University of Cambridge. Praise for Cary J. Nederman “Cary J. Nederman is among the internationally leading scholars on Aristotle and Aristotle’s reception in the medieval and early modern period. His work on Aristotle is as original as it is thought-provoking and consistently forces the reader to rethink standard perceptions.” – Bettina Koch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University “Professor Cary Nederman is a recognized international authority on the knowledge and influence of Aristotelian philosophy and political thought in the Middle Ages, having taught, lectured, and published extensively on this subject. His work has earned him distinction among scholars and given him substantial expertise in the topics this course covers.” – Marcia Colish, Oberlin College; Yale University “Cary Nederman is one of the world’s foremost experts in the history of political ideas from Plato to NATO. He is especially strong on what Aristotle has meant for political life over the last two millennia. He has lectured around the world, and a clearer and more dynamic speaker cannot be found anywhere!” – John Christian Laursen, University of California, Riverside “Cary’s work has been groundbreaking. His insights into political theory from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance have profoundly affected the current state of the discipline. I am thrilled that his understanding of Aristotle will be open to an even broader audience.” – Prof. Gary Remer, Tulane University “Cary Nederman is a towering figure in the history of political thought. His numerous publications demonstrate a brilliant grasp of the major issues and debates in political theory. They are trenchant and insightful, and evince rigorous scholarship combined with a subtle theoretical sophistication and historical sensitivity.” – Prof. Benedetto Fontana, CUNY/Baruch College
  • 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

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