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Grant Havers, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy and Political Studies

  • Education

    Honours B.A., Phil (Calgary); M.A. (York); Ph.D (York);

  • Recent Publications

    • "The Politics of Paradox: Leo Strauss's Biblical Debt to Spinoza (and Kierkegaard),"  Sophia 54 (2015), pp. 525-543. 
    • Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique. (Northern Illinois University Press, 2013)
    • "Who is to say Nay to the People?  Publius, Majority Rule, and Willmore Kendall," Library of Law and Liberty 28 May 2012.  
    • "Conservatism True and False in America:  Evaluating Leo Strauss from the Right," Library of Law and Liberty 15 April 2012. 
    • "James Burnham's Elite Theory and the American Postwar Right," Telos 154 (Spring 2011), 29-50.  
    • "Northern Right," The American Conservative, March 2011.
    • "Natural Rightism and the Biogenetic Debate," in Gabriel R. Ricci, ed., Values and Technology:  Religion and Public Life, New Brunswick, NJ:  Transaction Publishers, 2011, 93-105.
    • "Is Liberal Democracy too Liberal?" Skepsis 21, vol.1 (2010), 47-61.
    • "Willmoore Kendall for our Times," Voegelin View, September 2010.  
    • "Lincoln, Macbeth, and the Illusions of Tyranny," The European Legacy 15, no.2 (2010), 137-147.
    • "Hegel from the Right," Salisbury Review 28, no.1 (Fall 2009), 26-28.
    • "Hegel, Christianity, and the Modern Philosophical Revolution," Fideles 4 (2009), 5-25.
    • "Lincoln and the Conservative House Divided," The Salisbury Review 27, no. 4 (Summer 2009), 25-27.
    • Lincoln and the Politics of Christian Love (U. of Missouri Press, 2009)
    • “Was Spinoza a Liberal?” The Political Science Reviewer 36 (2007), pp. 143-174.      
    • "Between Athens and Jerusalem: Western Otherness in the Works of Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt," The European Legacy vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 19-29. (2004)
    • "The Right-Wing Postmodernism of Marshall McLuhan," Media, Culture, Society vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 511-525. (2003)
  • Awards & Honours

    Davis Distinguished Teaching Award (2004)

  • Quote

    "I teach a branch of philosophy which ponders the question, what is the best political regime for humanity? I find that many feel that the church is apolitical and the Bible is not a work of political philosophy. But I try to show my students that revealed truth, nevertheless, certainly presents a kind of implicit approach to politics. For example, the Bible is very much committed to social justice, to caring for the poor and the oppressed. Therefore, its not apolitical. This is sometimes surprising to students. Many people think religion is one thing and politics is another."

School of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department or Program:

MA Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Philosophy
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