In today’s episode I talk with Dr. Barry Strauss about the madness and genius of Roman Emperors, how Western civilization might never have emerged if the Persian Wars would have ended differently, and what it all means for today.
Barry S. Strauss is a historian and Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. He is an expert on ancient military history and has written numerous books, including The Battle of Salamis (2004), The Trojan War (2006), The Spartacus War (2009), Masters of Command (2013), and The Death of Caesar (2015). His books have been translated into sixteen languages.
His most recent book is “Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine” in which professor Strauss takes a closer look at 10 out of Ancient Rome’s over 60 imperial rulers. In addition to being a prolific writer, professor Strauss is also a commentator on contemporary issues from modern leadership to politics, and he publishes regularly in magazines like the New Criterion, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
He is also a podcaster himself, and his podcast Antiquitas can be found on his personal homepage at www.barrystrauss.com. I highly encourage my listeners to take a look, because engaging with professor Strauss’ work is both educational and, due to his engaging writing style, entertaining and capturing. He is also a contributor to the Netflix original series “Roman Empire.”
In today's Global Wire Conversation Ralph speaks with Steven B. Smith about the discontents with modernity, the strength and weaknesses of modern liberalism, and the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and Leo Strauss.
Steven B. Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Yale since 1984 and is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, Director of the Special Program in the Humanities, and Acting Chair of Judaic Studies and from 1996-2011 served as the Master of Branford College. His research has focused on the history of political philosophy with special attention to the problem of the ancients and moderns, the relation of religion and politics, and theories of representative government.
His best-known publications include Hegel’s Critique of Liberalism (1989), Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity (1997), Spinoza’s Book of Life (2003), Reading Leo Strauss (2006), and The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss (2009), Political Philosophy (2012), and Modernity and its Discontents (2016) which recently came out in paperback.
In today's episode of The Global Wire Conversations I am speaking with Dr. Tim Groseclose about bias in the Media and its consequences for politics and the public discourse.
Dr. Tim Groseclose a professor of economics at George Mason University and the holder of the Adam Smith chair at the Mercatus Center. He has held previous faculty appointments at UCLA, Caltech, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University. His research has focused on Congress, the media, and mathematical models of politics. He has recently published two books, Cheating: An Insider’s Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA and Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. He has published more than two dozen scholarly articles, including several published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. You can find out more about him on his homepage http://timgroseclose.com/ and follow him on his Twitter account https://twitter.com/tim_groseclose
In today's Episode of the Global Wire Conversation I speak with Dr. Deneen about the crisis of liberalism.
Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame in 2012, he taught at Princeton University (1997-2005) and Georgetown University (2005-2012), where he held the Markos and Eleni Tsakapoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies.
Deneen's intellectual interests and publications are ranging, including ancient political thought, American political thought, religion and politics and literature and politics. He has written four books and edited three others. His books include The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, Conserving America?, and most recently, Why Liberalism Failed, which appeared in January, 2018 with Yale University Press.
In addition to academic work, he frequently writes for journals of opinion, including First Things, The American Conservative, The Weekly Standard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Commonweal. He is a regular contributor to a variety of online journals and blogs, which has gained him an extensive readership beyond academic audiences.
You can follow his work on his homepage https://www.patrickjdeneen.com/ and on Twitter https://twitter.com/PatrickDeneen.
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