Classical Political Philosophy

By Classical Political Philosophy, I mean the Greek and Roman political thinkers and experiences. This tradition is the one in which most of the formal ideas and disciplines were initially established. They have a claim to universality and seek to engage all other political experience in the consideration of the bases of human political living and the grounds for it.   -- James V. Schall S.J.

Essays Online

1) "On the Death of Plato"
(49 KB; Word DOC)
From The American Scholar, 65 (Summer, 1996). 401-15.

2) "The Antiquity of the New World"
(53 KB; Word DOC)
From Lecture in Boston
at Conference of Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt,
in World & I, 9 (April, 1992), 590-609.

3) "The Problem of Democratic Tyranny"
(59 KB; Word DOC)
From American Journal of Jurisprudence, 41 (1996), 1-19.

4) "Aristotle: Religion, Politics, and Philosophy"
(60 KB; Word DOC)
From Perspectives in Political Science, 27 (Winter, 1998), 5-12.

5) "Transcendence and Political Philosophy"
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From The Review of Politics, 55 (Spring, 1993), 347-65.

 

Bibliography: Other Essays

1) "The Abiding Significance of Gnosticism," The American Ecclesiastical Review, CXLVII (September, 1962), 164-73

2) "The Significance of Post-Arisotelian Thought in Political Theory," Cithara, 3 (Novermber, 1963), 56-79

3) "The Best Form of Government," Review of Politics, 40 (January, 1978), 97-123

4) "Revelation, Reason, and Politics: Catholic Reflections on Strauss," Gregorianum, (Rome), (Pt. I, #2, 1981), 448-64; (Pt. II, #3, 1981) 469-97

5) "On Teaching the Political Thought of Plato," The Classical Bulletin, 58 (February, 1982), 51-55 (also in Another Sort of Learning)

6) "Plotinus and Political Philosophy," Gregorianum (Rome), 66 (#4, 1984), 687-707

7) "On Natural Law -- Aristotle," Vera Lex, VII (#1, 1987), 11-12

8) "Nature and Finality in Aristotle," Laval Thélogiique et Philosophique, 45 (Février, 1989), 73-85

9) "Aristotle on Friendship," The Classical Bulletin, 65 (#3-4, 1989), 83-88

10) "Post-Aristotelian Political Philosophy and Modernity," Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt, Teil II: Principat, Band 36.7 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1994), 4902-36

11) "On the Uniqueness of Socrates," Gregorianum, (Rome), 76 (#2, 1995), 343-62

12) "Friendship and Political Philosophy," The Review of Metaphysics, L (September, 1996), 121-41 (to be included in ch.19 of this web site)