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David Weinstein received his PhD in political science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1988. He was a postdoctoral fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1987-88. He has held visiting fellowships and scholarships at Oxford University and Tulane University. In 2009, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Simon Dubnow-Institut, University of Leipzig. He has published two monographs. Equal Freedom and Utility (1998) and Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism (2007) with CambrIdge University Press. He is co-editor with A. Simhony, The New Liberalism also with Cambridge University Press (2001). He is co-editor with B. Eggleston and D. Miller, John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, Oxford University Press (2010). He is currently co-authoring Exile and Interpretation with A. Zakai.
BA 1971, The Colorado College (Political Science)
MA 1977, University of Connecticut (Philosophy)
PhD 1988, The Johns Hopkins University (Political Science)
Scheinbrun Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1987-1989
Visiting Fellow, Mansfield College, Oxford University, 2003
Visiting Scholar, The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, 2005
Faculty Fellow, The Murphy Center, Tulane University, 2007
Fulbright Fellow, Simon Dubnow-Institut, University of Leipzig, 2009
Wake Forest University, 1989-present
John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life, co-edited with Ben Eggleston and Dale E. Miller (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Utilitarianism and the New Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Exile and Interpretation: Popper’s Re-Invention of the History of European Political Thought,” with A. Zakai, The Journal of Political Ideologies (June, 2006), 185-209. Hebrew version published inZmanim, Tel Aviv University, Israel (January, 2008), 14-27
The New Liberalism: Reconciling Liberty and Community, co-edited with Avital. Simhony (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
Equal Freedom and Utility (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
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Pol 270: Ethics and Politics
This course explores the relationship between practical reasoning and modern liberal political philosophy.
Pol 273: Marx, Marxism and the Aftermath of Marxism
This course is mostly an intellectual history of 19th and 20th century Marxist philosophy.
Pol 279: Varieties of Philosophical Liberalism
This course examines competing philosophical versions of liberalism including especially utilitarianism and its critics.
Pol 294: Citizenship and Global Justice
This seminar, crossed listed in the Department of Philosophy, addresses consequentialist and neo-Kantian varieties of cosmopolitan political philosophy.
Pol 294: Exile and Interpretation
This is a senior seminar examining how forced exile in the 1930s informed the hermeneutical practices of thinkers who were Jewish like Leo Strauss, Karl Popper and Karl Löwith.