A Political Theory Review interview with Tamler Sommers, Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Houston, about his recent book, Why Honor Matters (Basic Books, 2018). Hear more interviews from The Political Theory Review.
Archives for June 2018
Ross Douthat wrote a May 27 column for The New York Times provocatively titled, Free Speech Will Not Save Us. The columnist was casting doubt on the argument that the best way to cure political polarization is with renewed respect for the right of people to speak. Douthat is correct that the right of free […]
Adam Seagrave’s review of my Political Theory of the American Founding contains both praise and criticism. I will respond here to four of his most important concerns. DID THE NATURAL RIGHTS THEORY OUTGROW THE FOUNDERS? I discuss this point first because it suggests that Seagrave and I perhaps disagree not only about the fate of […]
The great contribution of West’s book is to bolster the argument that the founders are a formidable group, not only in their political prudence but also in their claim to genuine moral and political wisdom. Tom West’s new book The Political Theory of the American Founding is a very good book and a very ambitious […]
The parochialism implied by the title of West’s book and reflected in much of its content contrasts with the universality of the founders’ rhetoric and with the timelessly applicable ideas of natural rights and the natural law. The Political Theory of the American Founding is a remarkable, important, and impressive book. It is a decisive […]