Shilo Brooks is Faculty Director of the Engineering Leadership Program, Associate Faculty Director of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization; and an affiliated faculty member in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society, and the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program. His research, teaching, and writing focus on leadership, political theory, and the relationship between politics, science, and culture. His book Nietzsche's Culture War examines Friedrich Nietzsche's critiques of modern culture and modern science. Additional areas of research interest include American political thought, liberal education, and the history of science.
Political Philosophy and Theory, Leadership, Liberal Education, American Political Thought, History of Science, Continental Philosophy,
ENLP 2000 - Leadership, Fame and Failure
Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines the ambition, moral character, prudence and grit required for effective leadership. Common causes of leadership failure are also considered. A wide variety of ancient and modern leaders are studied in the disciplines of science and technology, politics, business and military affairs using primary source readings in history, philosophy and literature. Also explores whether leadership is a teachable art.
ENLP 4000 - The Empire of Modern Science
Examines science and technology's rise to the status of political, cultural and economic leader of the modern world. Also considers the ambitions and limits of the modern scientific enterprise, and investigates whether scientists are adequately equipped to lead humanity's political, spiritual and evolutionary future. Readings are drawn from primary sources in history, economics politics, philosophy and literature. Recommended prerequisite: ENLP 2000 or ENLP 3000. Recommended restriction: this course is recommended for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.