CSU, Chico News

Machiavelli Expert to Address Students April 8

Date: 04-07-2014

Alan Gibson, Professor
Department of Political Science
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Leading political theorist John Scott will present “Do the Ends Justify the Means? A Conversation About Machiavelli” at California State University, Chico on Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in PAC 144.

Scott serves as chair of the Department of Political Science the University of California, Davis. A specialist in 17th-and 18th-century political thought, his primary research is in the history of political philosophy. He has published several books and numerous articles on Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Baron De Montesquieu and David Hume, among others. He holds a master’s and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College.

The event is presented by the CSU, Chico chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society.

“Professor Scott is a scholar of uncommon range and depth,” notes CSU, Chico political science professor Alan Gibson. “His book “The Philosopher’s Quarrel”tells the remarkable story of the friendship and eventual rift between David Hume and Jean Jacques Rousseau and the intellectual debates that their exchanges generated among the most important intellectuals of the 18th century. Professor Scott’s current work on Machiavelli promises to be equally path-breaking and insightful.”