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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.

Church has published articles on G.W.F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Friedrich Schiller and others. He is the author of "Nietzche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period" (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) and "Infinite Autonomy: the Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche" (Penn State Press).


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

Selected Publications

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

"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)

"G.W.F. Hegel on Self-Determination and Democratic Theory," American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 56, No. 4, October 012: 1021-1039

"The Freedom of Desire: Hegel's Response to Rousseau on the Problem of Civil Society". American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2010: 125-139.