On Friday, February 3, Campion College held a book launch to highlight and celebrate three new publications by Campion College professors, Dr. Lee Ward, Dr. Martin Beech, and Dr. Ann Ward. The following books were presented:
Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
Dr. Lee Ward, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies
Designed to serve the needs of students confronting Locke’s political thought for the first time, Lee Ward’s edition offers a faithful text of Two Treatises of Government with modernized spelling and punctuation. Its Editor’s Introduction outlines the main arguments of these works, illustrates the conceptual thread uniting the less frequently read First Treatise with the far more famous Second Treatise, and locates Locke’s work amid the turbulent constitutional battles of 1680s England. Helpful notes at the foot of the page, a Thematic Index, and an up-to-date Bibliography are also provided.
The Wayward Comet: A Descriptive History of Cometary Orbits, Kepler's Problem and the Cometarium
Dr. Martin Beech, Professor of Astronomy
Comets have not only blazed across the celestial vault throughout human history, they have embellished the night sky since the Earth itself formed some 4.5 billion years ago. In this book, Beech explores the historical struggle to understand not only the place of comets within a societal context, but also the scientific quest to make their paths amenable to mathematical certitude. The telling of the wayward comets story covers the past two millennia of human history, and takes us from the phenomenological musings of Aristotle, through the exactitude of Newton's gravitational theory and calculus, to the truly incredible study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft in the modern era.
Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics
Dr. Ann Ward, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Politics and International Studies
In this book, Ann Ward explores Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, focusing on the progressive structure of the argument. Aristotle, Ward argues, locates political philosophy and the experience of friendship as possible solutions to the problem of lack of self-restraint, since political philosophy thinks about the human things in a universal way, and friendship grounds the pursuit of the good which is happiness understood as contemplation. Ward concludes that Aristotle’s philosophy of friendship points to the embodied intellect of timocratic friends and mothers in their activity of mothering as engaging in the highest form of contemplation and thus living the happiest life.