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“The beliefs which we have the most warrant for have no safeguard, but a standing invitation to the whole world to prove them unfounded." – John Stuart Mill

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.
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Book Cover: The Political Thought of the Civil War

New Book from PTI now available

The Political Thought of the Civil War by Alan Levine (Editor), Thomas W. Merrill (Editor), and James R. Stoner (Editor).


Our 2018 Seniors

The Role of Free Speech in the Gay Rights Struggle

potential paths

On Campus ·

New Class Shows Potential Paths for Political Theory Majors

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Keith Whittington

RSVP to attend "Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech" featuring Keith Whittington on Monday, September 17, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST.


Lecture Series

November 15, 2018
Paul Stern, Ursinus College, on Dante's Philosophical Life: Politics and Human Wisdom in "Purgatorio"

December 6, 2018
Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary, and Robert George, Princeton University: "The Purpose of a Liberal Education"

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Event Videos

  • Hume's Case for Commerce

  • Free Speech and Minorities

  • Top Ten Reasons