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Catherine Heldt Zuckert

Nancy Reeves Dreux
Professor of Political Science

The University of Notre Dame

Brief Biography

Catherine Zuckert is Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She also currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics . B.A. Cornell University (1964); PhD University of Chicago (1970).

Zuckert’s book on 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.

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. Most recently she has been awarded a 2007-08 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write a book-length study of "Machiavelli's politics."

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, and was selected as a member of the Templeton Honor Role in 1998.

Professor Zuckert's Most Recent Book - Plato's Philosophers: The Coherence of Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, May 2009).


Plato's Philosophers Book Cover

Association of American Publishers, Inc. Press Release

PLATO'S PHILOSOPHERS received the R. Hawkins Award for the Best Scholarly Book Published in 2009 (in any or all fields).

It also received an award for "Excellence in the Humanities", the Best Book Published in Philosophy, and Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2009.

Faced with the difficult task of discerning Plato’s true ideas from the contradictory voices he used to express them, scholars have never fully made sense of the many incompatibilities within and between the dialogues. In the magisterial Plato’s Philosophers, Catherine Zuckert explains for the first time how these prose dramas cohere to reveal a comprehensive Platonic understanding of philosophy.


Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Catherine H. Zuckert (Cambridge University Press, October 2011).

20th Century Philosophy

This book demonstrates the rich diversity and depth of political philosophy in the twentieth century. Catherine H. Zuckert has compiled a collection of essays recounting the lives of political theorists, connecting each biography with the theorist's life work and explaining the significance of the contribution to modern political thought. The essays are organized to highlight the major political alternatives and approaches. Beginning with essays on John Dewey, Carl Schmitt and Antonio Gramsci, representing the three main political alternatives – liberal, fascist and communist – at mid-century, the book proceeds to consider the lives and works of émigrés such as Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin, and Leo Strauss, who brought a continental perspective to the United States after World War II. The second half of the collection contains essays on recent defenders of liberalism, such as Friedrich Hayek, Isaiah Berlin and John Rawls and liberalism's many critics, including Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas and Alasdair MacIntyre.

Graduate students from Notre Dame participated in AHI's First Annual
Summer Seminar on Machiavelli and Shakespeare

Press Release Alexander Hamilton Institute

Graduate Students Elizabeth L’Arrivee, Peter Campbell
Rebecca McCumbers, Faisal Baluch, Lori Molinari
with Professors Michael and Catherine Zuckert

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