Through the ages, philosophers, political theorists, explorers, communitarians, socialist revolutionaries, and utopian dreamers have urgently sought to understand the nature of and in some cases tried to establish the Good Society. Unlike the Holy Grail, however, the Good Society is not a single tangible object, and coming to know what exactly it may be is a dauntingly complex and multifaceted task. Not only is the nature of the Good Society inherently controversial, but many doubt the coherence of the very idea. It is the intent of the Good Society program to expose students to the best theories of the Good Society that thinkers and activists have created over the centuries, to show students the exquisite difficulties involved in devising such models, and to encourage them to have, with themselves, their fellow students, their friends, and their teachers, the "Good Society debate," one of the most important discussions there can be.

The emphasis of this Good Society minor also is upon exploring the variety of constraints that render attainment of the Good Society so challenging and upon combining humanistic, natural scientific, and social scientific ways of knowing to achieve a better understanding of what on earth the Good Society might be.


Richard Dillon
211 Stern Hall
(315) 781-3447     

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.