Faculty & Speakers

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Great Books
  • American Government

Janet A. Dougherty

Tutor, St. John's College

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Great Books
  • American Government

Janet Dougherty is a member of the senior faculty of St. John’s College, where she has taught since 1982. She has taught the entire undergraduate curriculum including classes on Euclid and Einstein, and seminars on Plato, Shakespeare and the Bible.

She has lectured publicly on Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Montesquieu, Tocqueville and Hegel, and has delivered papers at the American Philosophy Association, and participated in panels hosted by the Liberty Fund and by Hudson Institute. Her recent lectures: Montesquieu’s Persian Letters: Comic Vanity, and Tragic Pride, The Age of Chronos and the Age of Zeus, and Plato’s Statesman: Useful Errors, a Fitting Image, and the Statesman’s Art, have focused on the philosophies of Montesquieu and Plato.

Ms. Dougherty has published both in the St. John’s Review and The Review of Politics, and is also a contributor to The Arts of Rule:  Essays in Honor of Harvey C. Mansfield. She is currently working on Montesquieu’s and Rousseau’s critique of the enlightenment. She was a recipient of the French Government Fellowship for research on Montesquieu. She received a B.A at Yale in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Government at Harvard.

 

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