Patchen Markell, University of Chicago

Associate Professor Chicago, Illinois pmarkell@uchicago.edu Office: (773) 702-8057

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Associate Professor Patchen Markell has wide-ranging interests in contemporary political and social theory and the history of political thought. He is especially interested in the disparate theoretical traditions that trace their roots back to Kant, Hegel, and Marx; in the political thought of Gr...

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Bio/Research

Associate Professor Patchen Markell has wide-ranging interests in contemporary political and social theory and the history of political thought. He is especially interested in the disparate theoretical traditions that trace their roots back to Kant, Hegel, and Marx; in the political thought of Greek and Roman antiquity, as reflected in literature as well as philosophy, and its reception by later thinkers; in 19th and 20th century American political thought, especially on the Left; in the history of the intellectual self-understandings of political theorists inside and outside the discipline of political science; and in several areas of 20th-century and contemporary theory and philosophy that cut across the distinction between "continental" and "Anglo-American," including feminist and queer theory, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of language. As a reader, he is committed to approaching theoretical texts not, or not only, as containers for systematically interconnected sets of propositions, but also as revealing records of an author's usually only partly successful attempt to accomplish something; for this reason, his critical engagements with the work of past and present political theorists are often diagnostic in character, and involve attention to the literary and rhetorical dimensions of theoretical texts.

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