Gerald M Mara


Professorial Lecturer
Affiliate Professor, Department of Government


Department of Government
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Gerald Mara is Affiliate Professor of Government at Georgetown University . His research interests are classical political philosophy, historical and contemporary liberalism, and democratic political theory. 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: 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,