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Lawrie Balfour explores freedom in the novels of Toni Morrison

Brennan Neely is a junior philosophy major. People mill about and chat with others also dressed in collared shirts, jeans and the rolled-up sleeves of early evening. The room has an air of casual but unquestioned curiosity.  We were waiting for Lawrie Balfour’s Political Theory Workshop in Duke’s Gross Hall. Balfour—a professor of politics at […]

Political Theory Workshop hosts Arash Abizadeh

McGill University Professor Arash Abizadeh presented a paper entitled, “Representation, Bicameralism, and Sortition: Reconstituting the Senate as a Randomly Selected Citizen Assembly.”  Professor Abizadeh’s specializes in both contemporary political theory and the history of political thought; his research focuses on questions of identity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, as well as the relationship between rhetoric, passions and […]

Stephen Macedo: Political Theory Workshop – March 1, 2018

Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2003), and Liberal Virtues: Citizen, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 1990).On March 1, Professor Stephen Macedo gave a talk entitled: “Regulating Offensive Expression: The Roles of Self-Censorship, Social Norms, and Civility.” Professor Macedo is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of […]

Russel Muirhead: Political Theory Workshop – April 13, 2017

The 2016-2017 Political Theory Workshop will wrap up this Thursday with Russel Muirhead’s paper, “The Epistemic Basis for Political Opposition.” Russel Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics and Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.  He is the author of The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age (Harvard University Press, 2014), […]

Charles Hill: Political Theory Workshop – March 3, 2017

Join us from 4:00-5:30 in Gross Hall to hear Professor Charles Hill present his paper: ” Modern Diplomacy’s Major Mistake.” Professor Hill is the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  He is the author of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft and World Order (New Haven: Yale University Press, […]

Duke Department of Political Science hosts Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat

Funded by a Humanities Futures Grant from the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat was held on September 9, 2016 in 270 Gross Hall.  Faculty from the history, philosophy and political science departments, as well as the Divinity School, the Law School, the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Sanford School of Public […]

Ben Hertzberg: Political Theory Workshop – February 25, 2016

On February 25, Benjamin Hertzberg discussed his book chapter, “Religion and Political Liberal Stability.” Professor Hertzberg received his PhD in political science from Duke University. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory University. His articles about religion and politics have been published in numerous journals, including Polity and Political Theory. ABSTRACT: Recent scholarship […]

Luke Bretherton: Political Theory Workshop – January 28, 2016

On January 28, Luke Bretherton will be discussing his new book, Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), focusing particularly on Chapter Seven, “Sovereignty and Consociational Democracy.”  The book provides a case study of the Industrial Areas Affiliate London Citizens in order to examine the legacy […]