Stoic Warriors: The Blessings and Curses of Being Stoic in War

Nancy Sherman
Georgetown University
January 19th, 2006, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Bentley 140
Public Lecture

warriorsDr. Sherman, the author of Stoic Warriors, explores the moral challenges military men and women face in their lives and their implicit turn to Stoicism for guidance. Having served as a Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, she offers an inside look as an outsider. Sherman argues that the contemporary military offers a window into ancient Stoic philosophy, including both its attractions and dangers.

Nancy Sherman is University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law School. In 1997-1999, she served as the inaugural holder of the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy. She is the author of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind; Making A Necessity of Virtue: Aristotle and Kant on Virtue; The Fabric of Character: Aristotle’s Theory of Virtue. She is also the editor of Critical Essays on the Classics: Aristotle’s Ethics.

Nancy Sherman has been an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and has held visiting positions at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. She has written over 30 published articles in the general area of ethics, history of moral philosophy, ancient philosophy, military ethics, moral psychology, and the emotions. She has been the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Prof. Sherman holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in philosophy and an M.Litt. in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. She has a B.A. magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College.

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