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Event Date: Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library.

Sylva -- On the four Tuesdays in April from 6-7 PM, the Jackson County Public Library is presenting a four-part series of lectures/discussions on Modern Political Philosophy led by retired Clemson professor Todd May. This series will be in the Community Room, is free, and requires no registration.

Todd May is the recently retired Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University.  He is the author of sixteen books of philosophy and was an advisor to the philosophical sit-com The Good Place.  He is a collaborator with The Good Place's showrunner, Mike Schur on a book of ethics How To Be Perfect. Todd has the following to say regarding the series' themes:

"Modern political philosophy finds its roots in the social contract theory of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, and has come down to us in the form of various kinds of political theory.  The four-night discussion will look at standard modern approaches to political philosophy, stemming from earlier social contract theory to its socialist critique.  The four sessions (and the emphasized thinkers) will be as follows:

  1. Modern Social Contract Theory--Thomas Hobbes and John Locke
  2. Libertarianism--Robert Nozick
  3. Modern Liberalism--John Rawls
  4. The Socialist Alternative--Karl Marx"

For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016. This series is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council.
The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library.