In this course, we will consider what justice is. We will examine this question through a reading of several texts from Classical antiquity. For the first part of our investigation, we consider some foundational questions concerning the establishment of justice. Next, we will consider the complicated interplay and tension between an adherence to a moral or noble attachment to the principle of justice on the one hand and, on the other hand, the prudential application of this principle. Finally, we will consider what the most just form of government is.
- Aeschylus, The Eumenides
- Sophocles, Philoctetes
- Plato, Alcibiades 1. In The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues
Meet the Instructor
Lise van Boxel
Lise van Boxel received her Ph.D. in political science with a major in political philosophy and a minor in American government from The University of Toronto. She contributed two chapters on Nietzsche to Prefaces for Unwritten Works (St. Augustine’s Press, 2005). She wrote “Nietzsche in Eden” in The Pious Sex (Lexington Books, 2010). She recently completed a book-length manuscript entitled Nietzsche: Becoming Human. In this work, she offers a new, comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche’s philosophy based in his foundational understanding of the genealogy or development and growth of the human being. This manuscript focuses on three of Nietzsche’s books: Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. She is tenured at St. John’s College (Santa Fe / Annapolis), where she teaches courses in mathematics, science, language, religion, literature, and philosophy.
Kate Havard Rozansky