Associate Professor of Political ScienceEducation:
B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Dwight D. Allman studies the history of political philosophy, with research interests in the ancient-medieval, modern, and contemporary traditions of western political thought. His work concentrates, in particular, on questions of citizenship theory - such as public culture, moral/civic formation, and the cultivation of citizens and statesman - as these have emerged and been addressed by thinkers across the broad history of political philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to John Locke and John Rawls. He is currently working on a book, The Citizen & The Soul, that uses a critical evaluation of Rawls to explore the issues of citizen formation that confront contemporary liberal theory and to root the public role of contemporary political theory in an on-going engagement with both ancient and modern political thought. A second book project he recently launched concentrates on Nietzsche's Teaching on Religion.
In 2006, Professor Allman presented the keynote address at the annual Colloquium in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity University, San Antonio. In 2007, he was a participant in the Oxford Round Table on "The Future of Education: Religious versus Secular" held at Pembroke College, Oxford. His teaching awards include the Mortar Board Circle of Achievement for Excellence in Teaching, which he has been awarded four times. He is a co-founder of and active participant in the Lone Star Chapter of the Conference for the Study of Political Theory and a member of the Association of Political Theory.
Courses at Baylor:
PSC 3353 American Political Thought:
An examination of American political and constitutional theory, from its philosophical genesis in the works of major early modern thinkers to the contributions of twentieth-century political and legal theorists. The original writings will be stressed.
PSC 3363 Western Political Thought: Classical and Medieval:
The tradition of western political thought from its origins in Greek antiquity through the Christian middle ages, stressing the original writings of great political philosophers.
PSC 3373 Western Political Thought: Modern:
Modern political thought from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, stressing the original writings of great political philosophers.
PSC 5373 Contemporary Democratic Theory:
Study of themes, issues and debates defining the contemporary conversation about democracy among political theorists. Texts include works of major importance to recent democratic theory.
PSC 5393 Advanced Seminar in Political Philosophy:
Concentrated study of major thinkers or texts in the history of political philosophy, particularly focusing on the works of Nietzsche.
Suddenly Everything Was Different: German Lives in Upheaval by Olaf Georg Klein. Trans. by Ann McGlashan and ed., with an introduction and annotations by Dwight D. Allman (Camden House Publishers, 2007)
Cultivating Citizens: Soulcraft and Citizenship in Contemporary America, ed., with Michael D. Beaty, with an introduction, "Citizenship and Soulcraft in Contemporary America," by Dwight D. Allman (Langham: Lexington Press, 2002)
"Sin and the Construction of Carolingian Kingship," in The Seven Deadly Sins: From Communities to Individuals ed. by Richard Newhauser. (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2007)
"History as Psychology/Morality as Pathology: Nietzsche and the Ethical Tradition," in Instilling Ethics, ed. by Norma Thompson. (Lanham: Roman and Littlefield, 2000)
"Ancient Friends, Modern Enemies: Plato and Nietzsche on the Life Most Worth Living," The South Atlantic Quarterly 97:1 (Winter 1998): 113-135.