Professor of Political Science
Interim Graduate Program Director
Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Brock University
B.A., University of Toronto
Courses at Baylor
PSC 2343 Introduction to Western Political Philosophy
The Western tradition of political philosophy from Ancient Greece to the present day.
PSC 4394 Feminist Political Theory
In this class we consider feminism as one of the most important voices in the debate in contemporary political theory. Feminist thought draws on the history of political philosophy to formulate and answer two basic questions: what does it mean to be a human being and what are the principles of justice that need to be applied between the sexes based on such an understanding. We explore these questions by studying important schools of feminist thought and investigating the thinkers that provide them their philosophical foundations. In liberal feminism we will read JS Mill and Susan Moller Okin; for Marxist feminism we will consider Friedrich Engels' argument in The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State; in radical feminism we will read Catherin Mackinnon and in ecofeminism Ynestra King; we will consider Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality in psychoanalytic feminism; for gender feminism we will read Carol Gilligan, and in existentialist feminism we will read Simone DeBeauvoir's The Second Sex; in postmodern feminism we will consider thinkers such as Helene Cixous. We may also reflect on current issues in and critiques of feminist thought and practice.
Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle’s Ethics. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press (November, 2016).
Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2008.
Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
Socrates and Dionysus: Philosophy and Art in Dialogue. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine Zuckert and Michael Zuckert, co-edited with Lee Ward. North Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.
Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.
Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism, co-edited with Lee Ward. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009.
Socrates: Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
“Oedipus and Socrates on the Quest for Self-Knowledge.” POLIS: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought 34/1 (2017): 20-43.
“Philosophy and akrasia in Aristotle’s Ethics.” Perspectives on Political Science 44/1 (2015): 18-25.
“Generosity and Inequality in Aristotle’s Ethics.” POLIS: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 28/2 (2011): 267-278.
“Friendship and Politics in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.” European Journal of Political Theory 10/4 (2011): 443-462.
“Justice as Economics in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.” Canadian Political Science Review 4/1 (online) (2010): 1-11.
“Mothering and the Sacrifice of Self: Women and Friendship in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.” thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture 7/2 (online) (Winter 2008): 32-57.
“Self-reflection, Egyptian Beliefs, the Scythians and ‘Greek Ideas’: Reconsidering Greeks and Barbarians in Herodotus.” The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 11/1 (2006): 1-19.
Chapters in Edited Volumes:
“Love, Beauty, and the Problem of Politics: Alcibiades in Thucydides and Plato.” In Will R. Jordan ed. Thucydides and the American Founding (forthcoming).
“Whit Woody Barcelona: Love and Friendship in Whit Stillman’s Barcelona and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” co-authored with Lee Ward. In Denise Schaeffer, Natalie Taylor, Paul Kirkland, Matthew Dinan eds. Love’s Authority (forthcoming).
“Reason, Religion, and Freedom of Speech: Socrates and Antigone as Democratic Heroes?” In Ann Ward ed. Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming).
“Skepticism, Recollection and the Socratic Method.” In Lee Trepanier ed. The Socratic Method Today: Student Centered and Transformative Teaching in Political Science. Routledge (forthcoming).
“Poetry, Philosophy and Faith in Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments.” In Denise Schaeffer ed. Writing the Poetic Soul of Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Michael Davis. St. Augustine’s Press (forthcoming).
“Lament for a Pre-Modern Nation? George Grant and Michael Byers on Canadian Identity.” In David McGrane and Neil Hibbert eds. Applying Political Theory to Canadian Politics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (forthcoming).
“Natural Man.”In Michael T. Gibbons (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming).
“Art and the Voice of the Cosmos in Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy.” In Ann Ward, ed., Socrates and Dionysus: Philosophy and Art in Dialogue. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 124-137.
“The Complexity of Divine Speech and the Quest for the Ideas in Plato’s Euthyphro.” In Ann Ward and Lee Ward eds. Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine and Michael Zuckert. North Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. 36-49.
“The Immortality of the Soul and the Origin of the Cosmos in the Phaedo.” In Ann Ward, ed., Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 19-34.
“Montesquieu on Federalism and the Problem of Liberty in the International System,” co-authored with David Fott. In Ann Ward and Lee Ward, eds. Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009. 107-120.
“Nascent Federalism and its Limits in Ancient Greece: Herodotus and Thucydides,” co-authored with Sara MacDonald. In Ann Ward and Lee Ward, eds. Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009. 15-30.
“Socratic Irony and Platonic Ideas? Kierkegaard’s ‘Critique’ of Socrates in The Concept of Irony.” In Ann Ward, ed. Socrates: Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 164-177.
"Abraham, Agnes, and Socrates: Love and History in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling." In Eduardo A. Velasquez, ed. Love and Friendship: Rethinking Politics and Affection in Modern Times. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003. 297-337.