Janet Dougherty

Janet Dougherty
Janet Dougherty is a member of the senior faculty of St. John’s College, where she has taught since 1982. She has lectured publicly on Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Hegel, and Shakespeare’s Tempest. Ms. Dougherty has published both in the St. John’s Review and The Review of Politics, and is also a contributor to The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey C. Mansfield. She was a recipient of the French Government Fellowship for research on Montesquieu and received a B.A at Yale in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Government at Harvard.
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The beauty contest illustrates the difficulty with the term for and maybe the very idea of gentlemanliness—are good and beautiful two criteria or one? If they are two, how are they related? Could the beautiful be whatever compellingly attracts? Furthermore, what is truly and justly compelling?