Clemson University

Postponed: Rhetoric and Democracy


In light of the progression of COVID-19, the CISC is postponing all Spring semester events. Please check the CISC's website to see when this event will be rescheduled.


Many people today deplore the state of political speech or rhetoric, but few seem willing to do anything to improve it. The single greatest resource for the understanding of political rhetoric remains Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric. In this introductory talk, Dr. Robert C. Bartlett will show how Aristotle understands rhetoric--both its proper uses and unavoidable dangers, especially in democratic times.

This lecture is part of the Lyceum Speaker Series hosted by the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC). This lecture has been made possible with generous support from the Jack Miller Center (JMC). This event is free and open to the public.

About the CISC

The mission of the CISC is to explore the moral foundation of capitalism. Liberty or freedom is central to this foundation, and so, in pursuit of this mission, we teach, we write, we give scholarships, and we host public lectures dedicated to exploring the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society.

About Robert C. Bartlett

Dr. Robert C. Bartlett is the first Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. His principal area of research is classical political philosophy, with particular attention to the thinkers of ancient Hellas, including Thucydides, Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle. Dr. Bartlett is the author, translator, or editor of eight books, including The Idea of Enlightenment, Plato's Protagoras and Meno, and Xenophon's The Shorter Socratic Writings. He is also the co-translator of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 2011), the author of Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates (Chicago, 2012), and translator of a new edition of Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric (Chicago, 2019). Before coming to Boston College, Dr. Bartlett served as the Arthur M. Blank/National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor at Emory University.

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Hardin Hall, 100
403 Calhoun Dr., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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Lectures / Seminars / Speakers


Centers and Institutes, Study of Capitalism

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All Audiences



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