The Political Thought Club is a student-led group supported by the Tocqueville Program. We meet each Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Political Science Seminar Room to discuss selected readings from the history of political philosophy and
from contemporary works that address politics from a philosophic perspective. We read a short selection each week (approximately 10-15 pages). The Political Thought Club also supports lectures and invites scholars to visit the Club to present their work.
Our readings are based the interests of the students involved in the group. In the past, we've read works by Blaise Pascal, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Darwin, Martin Heidegger, Alexis de Tocqueville, Hans Jonas, Edmund Burke, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
In Fall 2015, we studied the works of Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Robert George, both of Princeton University. Drs. West and George held a private meeting with the Political Thought Club in October. See the video of their public presentation.
In Winter 2015-2016 we read Plato's Phaedrus, a dialogue about love, friendship, and philosophy. Dr. Larry Goldberg of UNC Chapel Hill will visit us on February 5th to discuss this work.
In mid-February 2016, we will be starting a close reading of Genesis based on the version translated and annotated by Robert Alter. At the conclusion of our readings, we'll have the opportunity to discuss this work with Dr. Clifford Orwin of the University of Toronto.
Our generous alumni have provided funding that allows us to purchase books for all students in the group. Please feel welcome to join us at any time!
For more information, please contact Dr. Jenna Storey.