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Peter J. Steinberger

Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities
Political Science Department
Division of History and Social Sciences

Peter Steinberger is Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities. A member of the Reed faculty since 1977, he teaches political philosophy. He is a former president of the Western Political Science Association and served as Reed’s Dean of the Faculty from 1997 to 2010. His books include The Politics of Objectivity: An Essay on the Foundations of Political Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Problem With God: Why Atheists, True Believers and Even Agnostics Must All be Wrong (Columbia University Press, 2013), The Idea of the State (Cambridge University Press, 2004), The Concept of Political Judgment (University of Chicago Press, 1993), Logic and Politics: Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (Yale University Press, 1988) and Ideology and the Urban Crisis (State University of New York Press, 1985). His articles have appeared in most of the major political science journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and Political Theory, as well as in such general interest publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor.

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