A comparative historical analysis of the rise of indigenous mobilizations in Perú, México, and Ecuador. Barrington Moore's structural analysis of modernity is the theoretical framework for this analysis.
My goal in this paper is to produce a more “multi-dimensional” characterization of Socrates by examining several “forgotten” Platonic dialogues. The intention of this paper is to produce a more comprehensive characterization of Socrates so as to examine whether Athens was justified in ultimately trying Socrates and putting him to death. I seek to assess how these “forgotten” dialogues shed light upon the conflict between Socrates and Athens and fundamentally how they elucidate the conflict between philosophy and politics. Understanding these conflicts contributes to a better understanding of Socrates, his method of enquiry, and his ability to teach others. I ultimately conclude that the condemnation of Socrates in Apology may be misguided in the sense that the Athenian jury fails to understand that conversing about ideas that bring one closer to wisdom is not a corrupting act, but instead an enlightening act. Philosophy and politics, while fundamentally in tension with each other, can and should coexist if one desires to live the fully examined life.
Hannah Arendt’s political theory is both provocative and deeply unsettling—reckoning with the decline of tradition that framed her life. While Arendt bemoans a loss of meaning in the modern world, the path out of our predicament remains ambiguous. This senior thesis aims to reconstruct an Arendtian politics based on action with others in the public sphere. Chapter One traces the motif of the mob that haunts Arendt’s corpus, and argues that the mob is antipolitical because it eschews plurality and thinking, and hence, politics itself. Chapter Two utilizes The Human Condition to pinpoint Arendt’s conception of the political and considers the implication of this conception for theorizing about politics. Chapter Three, based primarily on a review of J. Glenn Gray’s correspondence with Hannah Arendt, offers a history of Hannah Arendt at Colorado College. My goal throughout is to grapple with the ambiguity between Arendt as a diagnostician and as a proponent. Put simply, my argument is that for Hannah Arendt, politics is action.