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Faculty Books

John Rumrich, Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton


The seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution unsettled traditional conceptions in theology and psychology. Perhaps the soul was neither immaterial nor immortal. Milton and certain of his contemporaries explored new ways of thinking about the soul and its relation to body, and imagined transcendence as including the body.

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Paul Woodruff, The Garden of Leaders

 Garden of Leaders
Whether in engineering, music, or classics, The Garden of Leaders advances leadership as a core value that should be at the heart of the educational enterprise-contending that while a college campus can be many things, it should at the very least be a ground upon which new leaders can grow. 

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Devin Stauffer, Hobbes’s Kingdom of Light

Hobbe's Kingdom of LightWas Hobbes the first great architect of modern political philosophy? Highly critical of the classical tradition in philosophy, particularly Aristotle, Hobbes thought that he had established a new science of morality and politics. Devin Stauffer here delves into Hobbes’s critique of the classical tradition, making this oft-neglected aspect of the philosopher’s thought the basis of a new, comprehensive interpretation of his political philosophy.


Thomas PangleSocrates Founding Political Philosophy in Xenophon's "Economist", "Symposium", and "Apology" 

Pangle provides a sequel to his study of Xenophon’s longest account of Socrates, the Memorabilia, expanding the scope of inquiry through an incisive treatment of Xenophon’s shorter Socratic dialogues, the Economist, the Symposium, and the Apology of Socrates to the Jury. What Pangle reveals is that these three depictions of Socrates complement and, in fact, serve to complete the Memorabilia in meaningful ways.

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