Category: Political Science and Theory

An Excerpt from “Stories from Palestine,” by Marda Dunsky

In Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience, Marda Dunsky presents a vivid overview of contemporary Palestinian society in the venues envisioned for a future Palestinian state. Dunsky has interviewed women and men from cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps who are farmers, scientists, writers, cultural innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs. Using their own words, she illuminates their […]

An Interview with Thomas A. Spragens, Jr., author of “Capitalism and Democracy”

Thomas A. Spragens, Jr., is professor emeritus of political science at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including the prizewinning Civic Liberalism: Reflections on Our Democratic Ideals. He recently sat down with us to discuss Capitalism and Democracy: Prosperity, Justice, and the Good Society (March 2021). In this much-needed and timely book, […]

An Excerpt from “Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy,” by David M. Elcott

In Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy, David Elcott, C. Colt Anderson, Tobias Cremer, and Volker Haarmann present a pragmatic and modernist exploration of how religion engages in the public square. Elcott and his co-authors examine the ways religious identity is weaponized to fuel populist revolts against a political, social, and economic order that […]

An Interview with Marda Dunsky, author of “Stories from Palestine”

Marda Dunsky is a journalism scholar and print journalist with expertise in the contemporary Middle East, and the University of Notre Dame Press is pleased to publish her new book, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience (March 2021). The book has generated a great deal of interest, including advance praise from Rashid Khalidi, author of […]

“Progressivism” by Bradley C. S. Watson Named Finalist for Conservative Book of the Year Award

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) announced the finalists for the prestigious Conservative Book of the Year award on December 2, 2020. They named Bradley C. S. Watson’s Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020) one of the six finalists. The award recognizes thoughtful books that contribute to the rich debate about […]

An Interview with David Walsh, author of “The Priority of the Person”

We recently had the opportunity to ask David Walsh a few questions about his new book, The Priority of the Person: Political, Philosophical, and Historical Discoveries, which was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in August 2020 as part of the The Beginning and the Beyond of Politics series. Walsh is professor of […]

An Excerpt from “The Priority of the Person” by David Walsh

In The Priority of the Person (August 2020), world-class philosopher David Walsh advances the argument set forth in his highly original philosophic meditation Politics of the Person as the Politics of Being (2015), that “person” is the central category of modern political thought and philosophy.  From “Chapter Sixteen: Hope Does Not Disappoint“ Whether the political realm preserves the […]

Shabtai Shavit’s Memoir, “Head of the Mossad,” is Available in English

Head of the Mossad: In Pursuit of a Safe and Secure Israel is a brilliant and much-needed book on intelligence, Israeli history, and global security by Shabtai Shavit, the former director of Israel’s principal secret intelligence service (1989-1996). The book was originally published in Hebrew in 2018. The University of Notre Dame Press is releasing the first English translation of the […]

An Excerpt from “Montaigne” by Pierre Manent

In Montaigne: Life without Law (August 2020), originally published in French in 2014 and now translated for the first time into English by Paul Seaton, Pierre Manent provides a careful reading of Montaigne’s three-volume work Essays. Although Montaigne’s writings resist easy analysis, Manent finds in them a subtle unity, and demonstrates the philosophical depth of Montaigne’s reflections […]