The 2018 Graduate Conference in Political Theory took place on February 8-9.  This year’s graduate student presenters were:

  • Yuna Blajer de la Garza (University of Chicago): “The Meek and Mighty: Two Models of Domination”
  • Paul M.B. Gutirrez (Brown University): “Incorporating Land: Reassessing the Legal Origins of the Corporation in America”
  • Ferris Lupino (Brown University): “American Stasiology: Racial Conflict Between the Rule of Law and Civil War”
  • Pavlos Papadopoulos (University of Dallas): “Plato’s Model Educational Institution”
  • Eraldo Santos (Pantheon-Sorbonne University): “The Invention of a ‘Great Tradition’: A Plea for a Conceptual History of Civil Disobedience”
  • Naomi Scheinerman (Yale University): “Democratic Moral Decision-Making: Automated Vehicles and the Trolley Problem”

On Friday afternoon, John McCormick gave a keynote address entitled “Leo Strauss’s Machiavelli and the Querelle between the Few and the Many.”  Professor McCormick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  He is the author of Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy (Princeton University Press, 2013), Machiavellian Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Weber, Habermas and Transformations of the European State (Cambridge University Press, 2006).  

In addition to AVI, the conference was sponsored by the Duke Graduate School, the Department of Political Science, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Center for International and Global Studies, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Click on the schedule below for an overview of the conference.