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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

Upcoming 2014-2015 Events

March 25 at 8:00 pm, Butler Boardroom

Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt, v. Tyler Cowen, George Mason, on "The Future of Inequality"
 

April 10 at 5:30 pm, Hughes Formal Lounge

Nathan Tarcov, University of Chicago, on "Leo Strauss and the Meaning of Modernity"
 

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Panel discussion on "The Life and Work of Walter Berns"

 

Previous 2014-2015 Events

September 30 at 5:30 pm, Hughes Formal Lounge

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

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

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

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


December 5 at 5:30 pm, MGC 203-205 

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

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

James W. Ceaser, University of Virginia, on "Tocqueville on America's Two Foundings: Natural Rights and History"

February 26 at 5:30 pm, MGC 247

 Stuart D. Warner, Roosevelt University, on "Muslim Travelers in a Christian Land: Montesquieu's Labyrinthine Persian Letters"

Director Alan Levine

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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