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.

On February 13, 1960, students line the counter of a dime store in Greensboro, North Carolina, in protest of the store’s refusal to serve them.

Originally published in 1971, Political Action: A Practical Guide to Movement Politics by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the Institute’s School of Social Science, was republished by New York Review of Books in...

If American citizens are good democrats, they will always be suspicious of government officials, and that will make them receptive to the information that whistleblowers provide. But they ought to be suspicious of whistleblowers, too. Citizens...

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Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, has edited The Jewish Political Tradition: Volume III: Community.

The third in a four-volume series, Community includes...

Yale University Press has published A Foreign Policy for the Left, by Michael Walzer, Professor in the School of Social Science. The book, adapted from essays published in Dissent, a political...

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 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 ...