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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

Spring 2014 Highlights

April 25: "Politics and Responsibility"
Mark Blitz, Claremont McKenna College

April 16: "The Role of Art in Liberal Democracies"
Roger Kimball v. Farhang Erfani

April 3: "The NSA & Privacy"
General Michael Hayden v. Barton Gellman

March 3: "Machiavelli and the Federalist Papers"
Nathan Tarcov, University of Chicago

February 24: "Pro Patria Mori: An Ethical Examination of Patriotism"
Sarah Houser, American University

February 4: "What Would the Federalists and Anti-Federalists Think of Today's America?"
Murray Dry, Middlebury College

January 29: "Convincing Job: The Residue of Pride in Hobbes' Leviathan"
Robert Garrow, PTI Post-Doctoral Fellow

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