3 days / 70+ speakers
80+ seminars, workshops, and panels
National Classical Education Symposium

Phoenix Convention Center
February 22-24, 2023
Professor of Political Science, The University of Notre Dame

Catherine Zuckert

Catherine Zuckert is a Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, emerita, currently working as a clinical professor at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.

Catherine  Zuckert’s book, Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for the best book written in philosophy and religion by the American Association of Publishers in 1990. Understanding the Political Spirit: From Socrates to Nietzsche, edited by Zuckert, received a Choice award as one of the best books published in political theory in 1989. Her book on Plato’s Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the R.R. Hawkins award from the Association of American Publishers for the best scholarly book published that year. She co-authored The Truth about Leo Strauss (2006) and Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy (2014) with Michael P. Zuckert (both published by the University of Chicago Press) and edited Political Philosophy in the 20th Century: Authors and Arguments (Cambridge University Press, 2011) as well as Leo Strauss on Political Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Her most recent monograph is Machiavelli’s Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Zuckert writes primarily about the history of political philosophy and the relation between literature and politics. Zuckert has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Bradley and Earhart Foundations.


Why Study Plato?

Young people ought to study Plato, because he dramatizes the conversations of his teacher, Socrates. Plato does not say anything in his own name; he tells us what Socrates said and did. But in relating these conversations and inviting us, in effect, to take part, Plato leads his readers to reflect on the question every young person raises about his or her own life—how can I best live?