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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.
Mission Statement

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).

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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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Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls

Research ·

Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls

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Lecture Schedule

Stay tuned for next year's Lecture Schedule

Event Videos

  • Hume's Case for Commerce

  • Free Speech and Minorities

  • Top Ten Reasons