Gerald M Mara


Affiliated Professor of Government and Dean Emeritus
Affiliate Professor, Department of Government Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Department of Government
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Gerald Mara is Affiliate Professor of Government and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University . He is the author of The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato: Classical Political Philosophy and the Limits of Democracy (2008) and Socrates' Discursive Democracy: Logos and Ergon in Platonic Political Philosophy (1997) and joint editor of Liberalism and the Good (1990). He has also published numerous historical or conceptual essays as journal articles or book chapters. The most recent of these are: “Political Philosophy in an Unstable World: Comparing Thucydides and Plato on the Possibilities of Politics,” in Sara Forsdyke, Ryan Balot and Edith Foster, eds, Oxford Handbook of Thucydides, Oxford University Press, 2016 (forthcoming), AThucydides and the Problem of Citizenship," in Christine Lee and Neville Morley, eds. A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014 and “Possessions Forever: Thucydides and Kant on Peace, War and Politics",Polity, 45, 2013 (winner, Polity Prize). His current project examines the general place of war and peace as frames of reference for political philosophy.


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  • Ph.D. () Bryn Mawr College, Political Science
  • A.M. () University of Pennsylvania (A.M.) and Bates Colleg,
  • A.B. () Bates College,