Research AwardGAMBIER, Ohio (February 28, 2006) George E. "Mac" McCarthy, professor of sociology, has received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $40,000 award will allow McCarthy to conduct research into his topic, "Aristotle and Kant in Classical Social Theory," during the next academic year. He has already received a contract from the State University of New York (SUNY) Press to develop that topic into a book.
SUNY Press also published McCarthy's book Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece in 2003. That book, which argues that classical social theory has its intellectual and moral roots in ancient Greece, was awarded a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award in the January 2004 issue of Choice magazine.
McCarthy, who chairs Kenyon's Department of Sociology, is the author of several other books, including Dialectics and Decadence: Echoes of Antiquity in Marx and Nietzsche; Marx and the Ancients: Classical Ethics, Social Justice, and Nineteenth-Century Political Economy; and Romancing Antiquity: German Critique of the Enlightenment from Weber to Habermas .
A member of Kenyon's faculty since 1979, McCarthy is a summa cum laude graduate of Manhattan College. He went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Boston College and a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from the New School for Social Research.