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  • Janus: The god who looked two ways
  • Annual Conferences
  • Political Theory Colloquium

Welcome to PTI

The mission of the Political Theory Institute (PTI) is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.

Mission Statement

Upcoming Fall 2014 Events

December 5 at 5:30 pm, MGC 203-205

Dr. Luke Mayville, American University, on "Wealth, Birth, and Beauty in the Writings of John Adams"


Prior Fall 2014 Events

September 30 at 5:30 pm, Hughes Formal Lounge

Dr. Arthur Melzer, Michigan State University, on "Philosophy and Secrecy: On The Forgotten Practice of Esoteric Writing"

November 6 at 5:30 pm, MGC 203-205

Dr. Charles Rubin, Duquesne University, on "Human Ends and the End of Humanity"

November 19 at 5:30 pm, Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge

Dr. Jason Brennan, Georgetown University, on "Why Not Capitalism?"

Director Alan Levine


A specialist in the history of Western political thought, Professor Levine's teaching and research interests include the theoretical principles of the United States, the concept of "America," and ancient, renaissance, modern, and postmodern political theory.

PTI Faculty

An Archive of Theory

  • View videos of our Janus Forum Debates on Gay Marriage (Rauch v. Raimondo) the 2012 Election (Kristol v. Galston), and U.S. Foreign Policy (Preble v. Fly). 
  • Watch each of the three panels of our conference on the "Morality of Capitalism."
  • Review a list of our 2012-2013 lectures and speakers.

Event Videos

The Role of Art in Democracy

Annual Conference 2014

Debate on Economic Inequality