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Larry ArnhartLarry Arnhart

Political Philosophy, American Political Thought, Biopolitical Theory

Zulauf Hall 411

Curriculum Vitae

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Larry Arnhart (B.A., University of Dallas; Ph.D., University of Chicago) holds the rank Presidential Research Professor. He has published four books and various articles and book chapters on the history of political philosophy, American political thought, and biopolitical theory. In particular, he has written on the Bible, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Adam Smith, Abraham Lincoln, and Friedrich Hayek. He has written extensively on applying Darwinian views of human nature to issues in political philosophy. He has also worked on the moral and political implications of biotechnology. He is the associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, a 4-volume reference work published in 2005 by Macmillan Reference.

Selected Publications

"Aristotle on Political Reasoning: A Commentary on the “Rhetoric” (Northern Illinois University Press, 1981).

"Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature (The State University of New York Press, 1998).

Political Questions: Political Philosophy from Plato to Rawls, 3rd edition (Waveland Press, 2003).

Darwinian Conservatism (Imprint Academic, 2005).

“The New Darwinian Naturalism in Political Theory,” American Political Science Review 89 (1995): 389-400.

“Thomistic Natural Law as Darwinian Natural Right,” in Ellen Frankel Paul et al., eds., Natural Law and Modern Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2001), 1-33.

“The Incest Taboo as Darwinian Natural Right,” in Arthur Wolf and William Durham, eds., Inbreeding, Incest, and the Incest Taboo (Stanford University Press, 2005), 190-217.