The Blackwell-Bristol Lectures 2008

Professor Danielle Allen (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton): Philosophy and Politics in Ancient Athens


Professor Danielle Allen is UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, having moved there in 2007 from the University of Chicago. She has PhDs in both Classics and Political Theory, from Cambridge and Harvard respectively, and continues to work in both fields; she is well known for her work on the themes of justice and citizenship in Athens and the United States, through a number of important articles and her books The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004).

Lecture 1. Do Ideas Matter?

Lecture 2. Why Plato Wrote (1)

Lecture 3. Why Plato Wrote (2)

Lecture 4. How to Measure Consequence