Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer
Professor Emeritus
School of Social Science

One of America’s foremost political thinkers, Michael Walzer has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. Walzer’s books include Just and Unjust Wars (1977), On Toleration (1997), and Arguing About War (2004); he has served as editor of the political journal Dissent for more than three decades. Currently, he is working on issues having to do with international justice and the new forms of welfare and also on a collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

Harvard University, Ph.D. 1961; Princeton University, Assistant Professor 1962–66; Harvard University, Professor 1966–80; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 1980–86, UPS Foundation Professor 1986–2007, Professor Emeritus 2007–; Dissent, Editor 1976–; The New Republic, Contributing Editor 1977–; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Board of Governors, Member 1974–; Spinozalens Award 2008

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