Aristide (Ty) Tessitore is the Jane Hipp Professor in Western and American Political Thought at Furman University. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College (1985), with a concentration in the history of political thought. Dr. Tessitore is author of Reading Aristotle’s Ethics (State University of New York Press, 1996) and editor of Aristotle and Modern Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002). He has published numerous book chapters and articles in classical and modern political philosophy. His articles have appeared the American Political Science Review; Political Theory; Journal of Political Science; American Political Thought: An Essay of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture; Polity; Review of Politics; Southern Journal of Philosophy; Perspectives on Political Science; and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. Professor Tessitore has taught a wide range of courses, often in an interdisciplinary context, and is a recipient of Furman University’s award for teaching excellence (2002). Together with his colleague (Dr. Benjamin Storey), Dr. Tessitore has developed and is co-director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University.


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History of Ideas in Context I

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.


Intro to Political Thought

A survey of major political philosophers in which students consider alternative conceptions of reality as they come to light in ancient, medieval, and modern political orders.


Classical Political Thought

Textual analysis of selected works by classical authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.


American Political Thought

Analysis of the principles underlying American politics, focusing on textual analysis of the writings of America's most influential statesmen, stateswomen, and public intellectuals.


Readings in Political Thought

Patterned on the model of a reading group, students will focus on a significant author or theme in the tradition of political philosophy. Readings will vary by year and instructor.


Issues in Political Thought

Examination of selected moral and political themes in light of the tradition of political thought, which combines classic texts with the writings of contemporary scholars and public intellectuals. Topics each semester are addressed in more detail on the Tocqueville Program web site."

  • Aristotle and Modern Politics: The Persistence of Political Philosophy, edited volume, Notre Dame University Press, 2002
  • Reading Aristotle's Ethics: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Political Philosophy, State University of New York Press, July 1996
  • "Tocqueville's American Thesis and the New Science of Politics," in American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, forthcoming 
  • "Tocqueville on Enlightenment Philosophy and Biblical Religion in American Democracy," in Resistance to Tyrants, Obedience to God: Religion and Reason at the American Founding, edited by Dustin Gish and Daniel Klinghard, Lexington Press, 2013
  • "Aristotle and Tocqueville on Statesmanship," in Alexis de Tocqueville and the Art of Democratic Statesmanship edited by Brian Danoff and Joseph Hebert, Rowman & Littlefield, 2010
  • "Socrates, Nietzsche and European Identity," in Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity edited by Ann Ward, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007
  • "Tocqueville and Gobineau on the Nature of Modern Politics," Review of Politics, Vol. 67:4 (Fall 2005)
  • "The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson," in The History of American Political Thought, edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga, Lexington Books, 2003
  • "Justice, Politics, and Piety in Sophocles' Philoctetes," Review of Politics, Vol. 65:1, Winter 2003
  • "Tocqueville on the Natural State of Religion in the Age of Democracy," Journal of Politics, Vol. 64, No. 4, November 2002
  • "Socrates in Aristotle's Philosophy of Human Affairs," in Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle, edited by Robert Bartlett and Susan Collins, SUNY Press, 1999
  • "Courage and Comedy in Plato's Laches," Journal of Politics, February 1994
  • "Aristotle's Ambiguous Account of the Best Life," Polity, Winter 1992
  • "Euripides' Medea and the Problem of Spiritedness," Review of Politics, Fall 1991
  • "Making the City Safe for Philosophy: Nicomachean Ethics, Book X," American Political Science Review, December 1990
  • "A Political Reading of Aristotle's Treatment of Pleasure in the Nicomachean Ethics," Political Theory, May 1989
  • Furman Humanities Development Grant, 2012 (most recent)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, awarded April 2008
  • Summer Fellowship Research Grant, Earhart Foundation, 2004 (most recent)
  • Visiting Scholar in Residence, Liberty Fund Inc., 2002-2003
  • Furman University Meritorious Teaching Award, 2002
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Association of Furman Students, 1993
  • Bradley Fellow, Institute for Politics and Religion, Boston College, 1991
Ph.D. Political Science
Boston College
M.A. Classical Greek
Boston College
Weston School of Theology
A.B. Literature
Assumption College

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