Dr. Stewart Gardner is a special lecturer in Political Science at Boise State University, where he teaches courses in political philosophy, constitutional law, and American government. He currently is working on a book on English philosopher John Locke, the founder of modern liberal government.
Is there a right way to be a person? Does the quality of our community somehow depend on whether people live that way? In this podcast, Dr. Gardner invites you to join in the exercise of cracking open such questions. This examination also represents the core of the Foundational Studies Program course that he will teach with Scott Yenor this fall. Socrates taught a science that gave life meaning through intense questioning, including self-questioning. Athens killed Socrates for his science. That old philosophy has been replaced by a modern science that puts the forces of nature to work for society. Among other things, this has radically changed the relationship between each individual and the community. One belief is that if individuals focus on their private lives and pursuits, the community will prosper and thrive. But others questions whether this philosophy can really replace searching together for the meaning of life?