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The Committee on Social Thought, one of several PhD-granting committees at the University of Chicago, was started in 1941 by the historian John U. Nef along with economist Frank Knight, anthropologist Robert Redfield, and University President Robert Maynard Hutchins. The committee is interdisciplinary, but it is not centered on any specific topic; rather, the committee has, since its inception, drawn together noted academics and writers to "foster awareness of the permanent questions at the origin of all learned inquiry" [1]. Notable past members of the committee have included T.S. Eliot, Friedrich Hayek, Mircea Eliade, Allan Bloom, Saul Bellow, David Grene, Hannah Arendt, Leo Strauss, and J. M. Coetzee. Current faculty include renowned Sanskritist Wendy Doniger, theologian David Tracy, classicist James M. Redfield, psychologist and philosopher Jonathan Lear, philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, philosopher Robert B. Pippin, Nobel Laureate economist Robert Fogel, political philosopher Mark Lilla, historian of science Lorraine Daston, physician and philosopher Leon Kass, (former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics). PhD usually refers to the academic title Doctor of Philosophy PhD can also refer to the manga Phantasy Degree This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... Frank Hyneman Knight (November 7, 1885 - April 15, 1972) was an important economist in the first half of the twentieth century. ... Robert Redfield (1897-1958) was an American anthropologist and ethnolinguist. ... Robert Maynard Hutchins (January 17, 1899, Brooklyn, New York - May 17, 1977, Santa Barbara, California) was a philosopher. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965), was a major Modernist Anglo-American poet, dramatist, and literary critic. ... Friedrich August von Hayek, CH (May 8, 1899 in Vienna – March 23, 1992 in Freiburg) was an Austrian-born British economist and political philosopher known for his defense of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thought in the mid-20th century. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Allan Blooms translation and interpretation, Second edition 1991. ... Saul Bellow (left) with Keith Botsford Saul Bellow, born Solomon Bellows, (Lachine, Quebec, Canada, June 10, 1915 – April 5, 2005 in Brookline, Massachusetts) was an acclaimed Canadian-born American writer. ... David Grene (1913-2002) was a professor of classics at the University of Chicago from 1937 until his death. ... Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 4, 1975) was a German Jewish political theorist. ... Leo Strauss (September 20, 1899 – October 18, 1973), was a German-born political philosopher who specialized in the study of classical political philosophy. ... John Maxwell Coetzee John Maxwell Coetzee (pronounced kut-SAY-uh) (born 9 February 1940) is a South African/Australian author, having emigrated from South Africa in 2002, and having been granted Australian citizenship on 6 March 2006. ... The Sanskrit language ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... Wendy Doniger (born November 20, 1940) is an American professor of religion, active in international religious studies since 1973. ... James M. Redfield is a widely-respected professor of classics at the University of Chicago. ... Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. ... Jean-Luc Marion (b. ... Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. ... Nobel Prize medal. ... Robert William Fogel (born July 1, 1926) is an American economic historian and scientist, and winner (with Douglass North) of the 1993 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. ... Mark Lilla is a philosopher, author and public intellectual residing in New York City, New York. ... Lorraine Daston (a. ... Leon Kass Leon Kass is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago (currently on leave). ... A controversial entity, created by George W. Bush, whose purpose is to regulate (or, at least, tell the president how he ought to regulate) biotechnology and biomedical research. ...


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Social theory refers to the use of abstract and often complex theoretical frameworks to explain and analyze social patterns and large-scale social structures. ...

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University of Chicago Department of Classics (769 words)
The Joint Ph.D. Program in Social Thought and Classics is intended for students whose study of a particular issue or text from the ancient Greek and Roman world requires a broadly inter-disciplinary approach alongside a professional mastery of philological skills.
Those interested in pursuing this joint degree program must first be admitted in EITHER the Committee on Social Thought OR the Department of Classics and must complete at minimum the three quarter language survey (Greek or Latin), offered by the Department of Classics, with an average grade of B or higher.
Students initially admitted to Social Thought may complete the remaining requirements of the A.M. in Classical Languages and Literatures during the second year of study and the A.M. will be awarded at that time.
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