Category: Political Science and Theory

“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 […]

An Excerpt from “Head of the Mossad” by Shabtai Shavit

Shabtai Shavit, director of the Mossad from 1989 to 1996, is one of the most influential leaders to shape the recent history of the State of Israel. In this exciting and engaging book, Shavit combines memoir with sober reflection to reveal what happened during the seven years he led what is widely recognized today as […]

Pierre Manent’s “Montaigne” Available in First English Translation

Pierre Manent is one of France’s leading political philosophers. In Montaigne: Life without Law, originally published in French in 2014 and now translated for the first time into English by Paul Seaton, 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 and […]

Political Philosopher David Walsh Publishes New Book With Notre Dame Press

David Walsh is one of the most prominent political philosophers in North America. In his new book, The Priority of the Person: Political, Philosophical, and Historical Discoveries, available this month from the University of Notre Dame Press, he probes our constant conviction that persons matter more than anything else in the universe. Each is an astonishing flash of […]

An Interview with Bob Pepperman Taylor, author of “Lessons from Walden”

Bob Pepperman Taylor, author of Lessons from Walden: Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy, kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his writing process and how this book was created out of the idea for another one. His previous books include The Routledge Guidebook to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and America’s Bachelor Uncle: Henry […]