Mary Keys

Professor Mary Keys

This colloquium focuses on a classic work of political thought, Augustine of Hippo’s City of God, specifically on its defense of humility (humilitas) in political and intellectual life, against an imperial political-cultural background tending to glorify forms of pride (superbia). We review recent treatments of Augustine’s thought on these themes in contemporary political theory and history of political thought, and read and comment on Professor Keys’ book manuscript on this topic, together with selections from The City of God itself.

Required text and edition, available in the university bookstore: Augustine, The City of God, Dyson translation (Cambridge University Press)


Syllabus can be accessed here: Ppe Colloquium S2018 Updated Syllabus


Colloquium requirements: Careful reading of assigned texts by Augustine and Professor Keys, consistent attendance, thoughtful participation in class discussion, and one oral presentation


Grading: S/U (pass/fail)


Credits: One credit. If anyone would like to earn two credits (e.g., if you are studying abroad and concerned about completing the PPE minor requirements), this is a possibility, with the addition of a paper to the requirements: please let Professor Keys know as soon as possible if you are interested in a two-credit option.


* The first Colloquium meeting will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.  We will meet in 109 O'Shaughnessy.