Studies in Political and Social Thought

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The current diversity and vitality of the field of political theory is reflected in the wide ranging interests of the seminar. In recent years this seminar has explored a broad spectrum of topics and modes of discourse, including methodological analyses in historiography and the philosophy of social science, specific historical and conceptual studies of particular thinkers and ideas, and exercises in ‘applied’ political theory dealing with contemporary issues of social and public policy.

Professor Josh Simon

Aaron Zubia

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/04/2017 Lindsay Rogers Room, International Affairs Building, 7th Floor, Columbia University
5:00 PM
The Reactionary Mind
Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Respondent: Adam Tooze, Columbia University

11/16/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Putting out Knowledge of Work: Spinoza on Fortitude
Susan James, Birbeck, University of London

02/22/2018 Lindsey Rogers Room (707), International Affairs Building, Columbia University
5:00 PM
Race and America's Long War
Nikhil Singh, New York University

Discussant: Jeremy Kessler, Columbia University

04/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbnia
7:00 PM
Taking Responsibility, Winning Freedom: The Political Arts of Toni Morrison's Fiction
Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia