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Laurence Cooper

Laurence Cooper

Education & Professional History

University of Virginia, BA; New York University, MA; Duke University, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 1997.

Courses Taught This Year

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Political Science

Fall Class Schedule (9/11/17-11/15/17):
IDSC 251.02 Windows on the Good Life, Th 3:10-4:55 in Willis 203

Professor Cooper received his PhD from Duke University. Most of his research has addressed the question of human flourishing—what it is, how we can know what it is (if indeed we can know), what it requires from education and politics, and the risks that arise from misunderstanding it.  In addition to a number of scholarly articles and chapters, he has published two books: Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life (1999) and Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity (2008). His present research is an inquiry into the possibility of popular enlightenment.  Professor Cooper teaches courses in ancient and modern political philosophy. 

Profile updated February 9, 2013

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