Judith A. Swanson

Professor SwansonAssociate Professor

Office: PLS 311C
Phone: 617.353.2038
E-mail: jswanson@bu.edu
Education: BA., Colorado College; MSc., London School of Economics; PhD University of Chicago
Areas of Specialization: Political Philosophy

Professor Swanson’s recent work includes:

Why Study Political Philosophy Today? A Video (October, 2016)

“Three Conceptions of a Third Realm:  Strauss’s Natural Right, Nagel’s Teleological Monism, and Scruton’s Lebenswelt” in Philosophy, Politics, and the Conversation of Mankind:  Essays in Honor of Timothy Fuller, eds. Paul Franco, Todd Breyfogle, and Eric Kos (The Colorado College, 2016), 157-77.

“Why Read Aristotle Today?”, Political Science News, (January, 2015)
Translated into Chinese by He Jun’an
Translated into Japanese by Yevgenij Temchenko
Translated into Russian by Yevgenij Temchenko
Translated into Spanish by Elisa German
Translated into Turkish by Leyla Tiglay

아리스토텔레스의 정치학 입문 (Korean edition of Aristotle’s Politics:  A Reader’s Guide).  Translated by Professor Young-Kyun Kim (Cheongju University).  Paju: Seokwangsa Publishing Company. August, 2014.  Pp. 9, 272 pages.

“Prudence and Human Conduct: A Comparison of Aristotle and Oakeshott” in Praxis und Politik — Michael Oakeshott im Dialog (Mohr Siebeck, 2013): 21-38.

“Michael J. Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?  A Response of Moral Reasoning in Kind, With Analysis of Aristotle and Examples” (Boston University Law Review, Vol. 91, No. 4 [July, 2011]: 1375-1403).

She is also the author of Aristotle’s Politics:  A Reader’s Guide (2009) and The Public and the Private in Aristotle’s Political Philosophy (1992, 1994).

She is an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and in the Department of Classical Studies.

Professor Swanson regularly teaches the following courses:
Introduction to Political Theory (PO 191)
Classical to Early Modern Political Theory (PO 391)
Modern Political Theory (PO 392)
Readings in Political Theory (PO 590)
Seminar in Political Philosophy (PO 591)
Freedom (PO 593)
Approaches to the Study of Political Theory (PO 791)

Additional information:
Curriculum Vitae
Sample of Citations 2010-2016
Graduate Thesis Advising



Aristotle’s Politics: A Reader’s Guide (Continuum Books, 2009). Co-author David Corbin. Pp. vii, 168 pages.

The Public and the Private in Aristotle’s Political Philosophy (Ithaca, N.Y. and London: Cornell University Press, 1992); Pp. xvi, 244 pages (cloth); paper edition, with corrections, published in 1994.

Refereed or invited articles, book chapters, conference papers, and review essays:

<Klugheit und menschliches Handeln: Aristoteles und Oakeshott im Vergleich> (“Prudence and Human Conduct: A Comparison of Aristotle and Oakeshott”) German translation in Vernunft und Ethik im politischen Denken Michael Oakeshotts, ed. Michael Henkel/Oliver Lembcke (Darmstadst: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010, 31-46.

Review essay of Clifford Angell Bates, Jr., Aristotle’s “Best Regime”: Kingship, Democracy, and the Rule of Law (Baton Rouge: Lousiana State University Press, 2003) in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 12 (Winter 2006): 445-48.

Review essay of Cynthia A. Freeland, ed., Feminist Interpretations of Aristotle (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1998) in Ancient Philosophy: A Semi-Annual Journal 20 (2000): 501-13.

“Aristotle on Nature, Human Nature, and Justice” in Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle, ed. Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999), 225-47.

“Aristotle on How to Preserve a Regime: Maintaining Precedent, Privacy, and Peace Through the Rule of Law” in Justice v. Law in Greek Political Thought, ed. Leslie G. Rubin

(Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997), 153-82. (Manuscript selected by the North American Chapter of the Society for Greek Political Thought as one of the twelve best papers presented to the Society between 1990-95.)

“Aristotle on Public and Private Liberality and Justice,” in Aristotelian Political Philosophy,

Volume I, ed. K. I. Boudouris (Athens: International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture, 1995), 199-212.

“The Political Philosophy of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound: Justice as Seen by Prometheus, Zeus, and Io,” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 22 (Winter 1994-95): 215-45.

“Aristotle on Liberality: Its Relation to Justice and Its Public and Private Practice,” Polity: The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association 27 (Fall 1994): 3-23.

Book reviews of:

Anne R. Pierce, Ships Without A Shore: America’s Undernurtured Children (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2008) on barnesandnoble.com (11/23/08), 282 words and Amazon.com (11/30/08), 835 words.

Raymond Geuss, Public Goods, Private Goods (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001) in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 10 (Summer 2003): 126-28.

Mark J. Lutz, Socrates’ Education to Virtue: Learning the Love of the Noble (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1998) in The American Political Science Review 92 (December 1998): 934-35.

Aristide Tessitore, Reading Aristotle’s Ethics: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Political Philosophy (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1996) in Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy 108 (April 1998): 650.

Fred D. Miller, Jr., Nature, Justice, and Rights in Aristotle’s Politics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), in The American Political Science Review 91 (March 1997): 176-77.

James Bernard Murphy, The Moral Economy of Labor: Aristotelian Themes In Economic Theory (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993) in The American Political Science Review 88 (September 1994): 744-45.

Carnes Lord & David K. O’Connor, eds., Essays on the Foundations of Aristotelian Political Science (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991) in The American Political Science Review 86 (December 1992): 1045-46.

Larry Arnhart, Aristotle on Political Reasoning: A Commentary on the “Rhetoric” (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1981) in The American Political Science Review 77 (December 1983): 1108.

William M. Sullivan, Reconstructing Public Philosophy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982) in The American Political Science Review 77 (March 1983): 274-75.

Kenneth W. Thompson, The President and the Public Philosophy (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981) in Presidential Studies Quarterly 12 (Summer 1982): 439-441.