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Ph.D. Dissertation in Political Science (May 2009)

  • Aristotelian Liberalism: An Inquiry into the Foundations of a Free and Flourishing Society (It can also be found in its original double-spaced format at LSU’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library.)
    • Prospectus
    • Front Matter (Title page, acknowledgments, table of contents, abstract)
    • Chapter One: Introduction
    • Chapter Two: Eudaimonia and the Right to Liberty: Rights as Metanormative Principles
    • Chapter Three: Eudaimonia, Virtue and the Right to Liberty: Rights as Both Metanormative Principles and Interpersonal Normative Principles
    • Chapter Four: Eudaimonia and the Basic Goods and Virtues
    • Chapter Five: Liberal and Communitarian Conceptions of Society
    • Chapter Six: The New Left and Participatory Democracy
    • Chapter Seven: Immanent Politics and the Pursuit of Eudaimonia
    • Chapter Eight: Free Markets and Free Enterprise: Their Ethical and Cultural Principles and Foundations
    • Chapter Nine: Conclusion
    • Bibliography and Vita

M.A. Thesis in Philosophy (December 2006)

M.A. Thesis in Political Science (August 2004)

Future Projects

  • Aristotelian Liberalism: An Anthology (with essays by the major Aristotelian-Liberal philosophers, like Roderick Long, Douglas Rasmussen, Douglas Den Uyl, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, and others.)
  • “Is Libertarianism Only a Political Philosophy?”
  • “The Speaker for the Dead: Narrator of the Search for Eudaimonia.”
  • “On the Free Market and Eudaimonia: Nonexchangeable Goods, Praxeology, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.”
  • “In Defense of Crusoe and the ERE: Culture and Imaginary Constructions in Economic Theory.”
  • “Rousseau and Marx Against Society: The Necessity of the Division of Labor.”
  • “Enlightenment Constructivist Rationalism and Social Engineering.”
  • “The Search for Something to Be.”
  • “The Roots of the Totalitarian Impulse.”
  • “Democracy, Gnosticism, and Political Religions.”
  • “The Ethics of Nonviolence.” (Hint: It won’t be a defense of pacifism, but rather will be an attempt to lay out an Aristotelian framework for distinguishing when violent and nonviolent resistance are justified both politically (i.e., by justice and rights) and, in the broader context, morally (i.e., in terms of the virtues).)