Michael Walzer

One of the most influential political theorists of our time, Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, 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. He 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.

This book was written when I spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study. It is hard to imagine an environment that is more stimulating or more congenial to writing. Many colleagues at the Institute helped shape my thinking, but six...

Let us imagine a conversation between a literary scholar from Palestine interested in the reception of Ibn Ruschd’s commentary on Aristotle, an anthropologist from Iraq examining the experience of exiles fleeing the war, an economist from the...

“The Jewish Political Tradition” is now a twenty-year-old project. Together with colleagues from Israel, all of whom have spent time here at the Institute, I have been working on it since the late 1980s. Menachem Lorberbaum and Noam Zohar, from...

The point of just war theory is to regulate warfare, to limit its occasions, and to regulate its conduct and legitimate scope. Wars between states should never be total wars between nations or peoples. Whatever happens to the two armies involved...

The work of one of America’s foremost political thinkers, Michael Walzer, was celebrated at “Justice, Culture, and Tradition,” a three-day conference held in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study on June 2–4. Professor Emeritus in...

The work of Michael Walzer, one of America's foremost political thinkers, was recognized at a three-day conference on the Institute campus.  Professor Emeritus in the ...

In the public lecture “Terrorism and Just War,” Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, explores multiple questions: First, what is wrong with terrorism? The query may seem easy, but it is often...

“First, as American citizens, we should not adopt the easy anti-Americanism that fuels and disfigures so much of the global left. We are critics of many aspects of our domestic society and of U.S. foreign policy, but we also know that our country...