Political Philosophy topics

Sunday, February 22, 2015

... for a class

Hannah Arendt

Jeremy Bentham
Alan Bloom
Noam Chomsky
Daniel Dennett

Bob Black
Francis Fukuyama
Jurgen Habermas
Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Stanley Hauerwas
Thomas Hobbes
Russell Kirk
John Locke
Jean Luc Marion
Karl Marx
John Rawls
Jean Jaques Rousseau
Michael Sandel
James Schall
Roger Scruton
Abdolkarim Soroush
Vladimir Solovyev
Leo Strauss
Michael Walzer
Ken Wilber
Slavoj Zizek

...who to add?

the Xian Tradition
Catholic Social teaching, Evangelium
Contract theory
natural law > natural rights
humanist/secular/atheist natural law

web helps:


Political Order and Political Decay

Friday, February 20, 2015

Francis Fukuayama on the requirements for a liberal democracy "Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy"

research for student use

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Add a research section (to the right) for student reference with the following links



Monday, February 9, 2015








Intelligence, education, and political activity

Friday, January 23, 2015

It just can't be true that people with more education would tend to align with the "conservative" Republican party. "However, in most national and regional studies on voting behavior... just such a relationship is typically observed..."

Really?? But we are taught to assume the opposite. After all "for every one percentage point increase in college graduates in a state, the percentage of Democratic identifiers increases by 0.75 percent":

But wait... the research results are actually all over the board:

So, if you want to understand how human political activity, there is a lot to absorb. But if you want to find research that confirms what you want to be true, there is a lot to choose from.


Thursday, January 22, 2015


There's talk about Rhetoric, but you can't study Rhetoric without learning Dialectic first.  For proof of this we need look no further than the first line of Aristotle's The Art of Rhetoric.  He says explicitly that:

"Rhetoric is the counterpart of Dialectic."
The art of Dialectic (as well as Grammar) is assumed knowledge in any classical book on Rhetoric, yet students are offered courses in Rhetoric without every studying Dialectic.  How can this be?

What wealth does to your soul

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WHAT IS CLEAR about rich people and their money — and becoming ever clearer — is how it changes them. A body of quirky but persuasive research has sought to understand the effects of wealth and privilege on human behavior — and any future book about the nature of billionaires would do well to consult it.

"What wealth does to your soul"

Related Links:

the Psychology of Wealth

The 'Haves' show less empathy than 'Have-nots

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior

Study: The influence of social class on Empathy

Prosocial Spending and Happiness

Prevalence and correlates of shoplifting in the United States

Why political practitioners in Washington avoid the APSA

The Irrelevance of Modern Political Science

There were no political luminaries in attendance at the American Political Science Association’s convention last week, ... One of the conference’s highlights, according to its Web site, was a panel titled “Is Political Science Relevant?”

I have often taken a random article from the American Political Science Review, which resembles a mathematical journal on most of its pages, and asked students if they can envision this method providing the mathematical formula that will deliver peace in the Middle East. Even the dullest students usually grasp the point without difficulty.

Also see: Scholars on the Sidelines

The Eighth Defendant, Black Panther Party History

Instilling and inspiring in them the hope that change is possible and that, we the people, must proactively work to preserve our constitutional rights. With the help of people like you, that we will succeed and get an honest film about my sixties protest movement history and the history of the Black Panther Party produced.

I am asking those like you, who know my sixties protest movement history and that of the Black Panther Party, to support this independent film production. Contribute at our Indiegogo Fund page and receive books, posters, DVDs and memorabilia.


How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic

If you don’t manage your online presence, you are allowing search engines to create it for you
So how might academics—particularly those without tenure, published books, or established freelance gigs—avoid having their digital identities taken over by the negative or the uncharacteristic? After all, no one wants to be associated almost exclusively with blogs of disgruntled students, Tumblr and Twitter hashtags like #IHateMyProfessor...


I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia


In The News...

What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920