Nathan Tarcov

Professor of Social Thought and Political Science and in the College

Committee on Social Thought
1130 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Tel: 773-702-8064

Professor of Social Thought and Political Science and in the College

Professor Nathan Tarcov's scholarly interests include history of political theory, education and family in political theory, and principles of U.S. foreign policy. Aside from the books listed below, he has published numerous pieces on Machiavelli, Locke, the American Founding, Leo Strauss, and topics such as democracy, constitutionalism, and revolution.

Tarcov has been recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching, receiving the University's Quantrell Award in 1997.

Selected Publications

  • Locke's Education for Liberty (1984);
  • Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, tr. with Harvey C. Mansfield (1996);
  • John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education and Conduct of the Understanding, ed. with Ruth Grant (1996);
  • The Legacy of Rousseau, ed. with Clifford Orwin (1997).

Courses Taught

  • Plato's Republic
  • Three Erotic Dialogues: Plato's Symposium, Xenophon's Symposium, and Plutarch's Erotikus
  • Machiavelli's Prince and Discourses
  • Machiavelli and the Arthashastra (with Wendy Doniger)
  • Boccaccio's Decameron (with Glenn Most)
  • Early American Novels (with Mark Payne)
  • Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Historicism (with Linda Zerilli)