Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
David Corey teaches political theory and philosophy. His teaching and scholarship focus on ancient Greek political thought, the ethics of war, and on questions relating to method in political philosophy. His book, The Just War Tradition, was published by ISI books in 2012, and he is currently working on a book entitled, Political Philosophy against Ideology: Strauss, Voegelin, Oakeshott and Arendt.
Professor Corey was the recipient in 2008 of Baylor's Outstanding Teaching Award. He has twice been named Faculty Member of the Year by Baylor's Student Government. And he has been recognized on numerous occasions by Phi Beta Kappa for excellence in teaching. He has served as a research associate for the Center for American Civic Literacy.
Courses at Baylor:
PSC 4383 Contemporary Political Thought: The Just-War Tradition in Contemporary Civic Debate:
A course in the ethics of war and the intellectual resources available to citizens who wish to approach the problem of war philosophically. Though the course begins with contemporary problems such as terrorism and deals with contemporary texts and debates, its main purpose is to reveal the abiding relevance of classic texts and authors to our current situation. Thus we spend considerable time on such authors as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Vitoria, Locke, and Grotius before turning to contemporary texts such as Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars.
PSC 4383 Contemporary Political Thought: Four Critics of Modernity:
This course focuses on four seminal 20th century political theorists, who share a common interest in the classics and who, in one way or another, employ the classics in an effort to gain critical perspective on modernity.
PSC 5323 Political Inquiry: Approaches and Methods:
This is a course in the methods of political inquiry and the meaning of political science. Special attention is paid to the way a number of seminal political philosophers and political theorists go about their craft, as well as the relationship of political philosophy and theory to political "science" more narrowly construed.
PSC 5343 Classical Political Thought:
Study of select major texts in classical (Greek and Roman) political thought,
with an emphasis on the origin of political philosophy in the thought of Socrates and its development in the works of Plato and Aristotle.
"Prodicus: Diplomat, Sophist and Teacher of Socrates," History of Political Thought 29, no. 1 (2008): 1-26.
"The Christian Just-War Tradition: Neither Niebuhr nor Yoder" in Bradley Watson, ed., The West at War (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006), pp. 113-34.
"Socratic Citizenship: Delphic Oracle and Divine Sign," Review of Politics 67, no. 2 (2005): 201-228.
"How the Sophists Taught Virtue: Exhortation and Association," History of Political Thought 26, no. 1 (2005): 1-20.
"Voegelin and Aristotle on Nous: What is Noetic Political Science?" The Review of Politics 64, no. 1 (2002): 57-79.