Author and Princeton University professor Alexander Nehamas to speak Jan. 24

Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University. Photo courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite 2015.

The first lecture of the 2018 Tocqueville Series takes place Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101.

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Author and Princeton University professor Alexander Nehamas will speak as part of Furman University’s Tocqueville Series Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101 on campus.

His talk, “Metaphors in Life: ‘I Love You for Yourself’,’” is free and open to the public. The lecture is the first of the 2018 Tocqueville Series, “Love, Friendship and Politics.”

Nehamas is the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. His interests include Greek philosophy, philosophy of art, European philosophy and literary theory.

His books include Nietzsche: Life as Literature, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, On Friendship and Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art. He has also translated Plato’s Symposium and Phaedrus into English.

At Princeton, he has chaired the Council of the Humanities, the Program in Hellenic Studies, and he was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Nehamas was born in Athens, Greece, graduated from Athens College, and attended Swarthmore College and Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D.

Upcoming Tocqueville Program lectures include:

Wednesday, Feb. 21– Diana Schaub, Loyola University Maryland, “Friendship, Race, and Political Justice,” 5 p.m., Johns Hall 101

Wednesday, April 4–William Deresiewicz, best-selling author, “College and the Inner Life,” 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs, 864-294-3547, or visit: www.furman.edu/tocquevilleprogram.