Lecturer — Ph.D., University of Toronto
Lecturer, Department of Government
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 512-232-1448
- Office: MEZ 3.136
- Campus Mail Code: A1800
Dana Jalbert Stauffer specializes in political theory. Her particular research interests include the history of political thought, especially classical political thought, and women in political thought. Before coming to the University of Texas, she taught at Kenyon College.
CTI 335 • Classical Quest For Justice
MWF 1200pm-100pm UTC 3.134
(also listed as
EUS 348, GOV 351C )
CTI 335 • Morality And Politics
TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 2.210
(also listed as
GOV 335M )
The major theme of this course is the relationship between virtue and politics, and, in particular, the different ways in which ancient and modern political philosophers understood this relationship. To that end, we will spend most of the course focusing on three key authors: Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. We will begin by considering Aristotle’s view that moral virtue is the proper aim of life, both for the individual and for the community. Then we will examine the break with Aristotle begun by Machiavelli and continued, and modified, by Hobbes. The minor theme of the course is the subject of gratitude. What do we owe to those who have done us a good turn? And what do we have the right to expect from those whom we have benefitted? To explore these questions, and to round out our understanding of the differences between the ancient and modern perspectives, we will supplement our reading of these three philosophical giants with literary works by the likes of Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Melville. Over the course of the course, a number of related questions will also be discussed, such as the relationships between philosophy and politics, politics and necessity, and friendship and virtue.
1. Sophocles II: Four Tragedies. By Sophocles. Edited by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore. University of Chicago Press.
2. The Politics of Aristotle. By Aristotle. Edited by Peter Simpson. University of North Carolina Press.
3. The Prince. By Niccolo Machiavelli. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield. 2nd Edition. University of Chicago Press.
4. Julius Caesar. By William Shakespeare. Bantam Classics.
5. Leviathan. By Thomas Hobbes. Edited by J.C. A. Gaskin. Oxford University Press.
6. Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative). By Herman Melville. University of Chicago Press.
7. Darkness at Noon. By Arthur Koestler. Bantam Books.
Grading and Requirements:
First Exam: 30%
Second Exam: 30%
Class Participation, Including Pop Quizzes: 10%