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Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us About Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living, Melissa Lane


Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Discussant: Robert Socolow

Speaker: Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Location: Guyot Hall, Room 10
Date/Time: May 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Melissa Lane is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, following fifteen years of teaching political thought in the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge. She is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; Director of the Princeton Program in Values and Public Life; an Associated Faculty member of the Princeton Environmental Institute; and a faculty participant in the Communicating Scientific Uncertainty research network of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Her primary expertise is in ancient Greek political thought and its modern significance.

Melissa Lane Book Cover

Her book 'Eco-Republic', using Greek thought to develop an ethics of sustainability, was published in 2011 by Peter Lang (UK) and in 2012 by Princeton University Press (USA). Previous books include 'Plato's Progeny: how Plato and Socrates still captivate the modern mind' (Duckworth, 2001) and a new 'Introduction' to the Penguin Classics edition of Plato's Republic (2007).

Professor Lane has extensive experience in speaking about ethics, philosophy and history to executives and leaders in the public and private sectors, and has appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts, including BBC Radio 4: Analysis, In Our Time, and Today; Channel 4: Millennium Minds; and programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 5. She has been an invited contributor to many public and private sector events, including a consultation in Geneva with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights.

Professor Lane is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University and an M.Phil. and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

This event is sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

What the Ancients Can Teach Us About Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living

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Melissa Lane is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, following fifteen years of teaching political thought in the Faculty of History of the University of Cambridge. She is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; Director of the Princeton Program in Values and Public Life; an Associated Faculty member of the Princeton Environmental Institute; and a faculty participant in the Communicating Scientific Uncertainty research network of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.