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Chair: Jeffrey Church


PGH 447A

Research Interests

Modern political thought
Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzche
Liberal and democratic theory 

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Biographical Summary

Jeffrey Church is a political theorist whose research area is the history of modern political thought, with particular interest in Continental thought from Jean-Jacques Rousseau through Friedrich Nietzsche. His work examines the reflections of past philosophers on freedom, individuality, education and culture, and shows how these reflections can inform contemporary liberal and democratic theory. He also teaches and writes about the value of literature and film to help us understand crucial political problems.


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Ursinus College

Selected Publications

"Kant, Liberalism, and the Meaning of Life." Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2022.

"Nietzsche’s Unfashionable Observations: A Critical Introduction and Guide." Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

"Nietzche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period." Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"Infinite Autonomy: The Divided Individual in Hegel and Nietzsche’s Political Philosophy." Penn State University Press, 2012. (Awarded "Best First Book" by the "Foundations of Political Theory" section of APSA)