Gerald M Mara


Professorial Lecturer
Affiliate Professor, Department of Government


Department of Government
General profile


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Mara's research interests are classical political philosophy, historical and contemporary liberalism, and democratic theory.

He is the author of

The Civic Conversations of Thucydides and Plato: Classical Political Philosophy and the Limits of Democracy will be published by SUNY (2008), Socrates' Discursive Democracy (SUNY, 1997) and joint editor of and co-contributor to Liberalism and The Good (Routledge, 1990). His most recent article-length publications are: "Democratic Self-Criticism and the Other in Classical Political Theory," Journal of Politics, 65 (2003), "The Culture of Democracy: Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia as Political Theory," in Aristide Tessitore, ed. Aristotle and Modern Politics: The Persistence of Political Philosophy (Notre Dame University Press: 2002); "Thucydides and Plato on Democracy and Trust," Journal of Politics 63 (2001); "The Logos of the Wise in the Politeia of the Many: Recent Books on Aristotle's Political Philosophy," Political Theory, 28, (2000) (Invited Article Length Review Essay.); "Interrogating the Identities of Excellence: Liberal Education and Democratic Culture in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics," Polity, 31, (1998); "The Near Made Far Away: The Role of Cultural Criticism in Aristotle's Political Theory," Political Theory, 23, (1995); "Mill, Nietzsche and the Identity of Postmodern Liberalism," Journal of Politics, 57, (1995) (Joint author with Suzanne L. Dovi.); and "Cries, Eloquence and Judgment: Interpreting Political Voice in Democratic Regimes," Polity, 26 (1993).

Mara's next project will be an exploration of how the broad frames of reference of peace and war affect important texts in the history of Western 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,