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W. R. Newell

Political philosophy with a focus on classical, modern and postmodernist concepts of political community, justice and legitimacy

Degrees:BA, MA (Toronto), MPhil, PhD (Yale)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2765
Office:D693 Loeb Building


Education and Public Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was educated at the University of Toronto, where he received a BA in Arts and Sciences and an MA in Political Economy, and at Yale University, where he received a PhD in Political Science. He has been a John Adams Fellow at the University of London (1997), a Fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library (1997), a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1990-91), the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (1985-86), and a Junior Fellow of Massey College, the University of Toronto (1974-75). He has also held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship.

His teaching and scholarship are focused on the history of political philosophy. His specializations include classical political philosophy (including Plato, Aristotle and Xenophon) and German Idealism with its ramifications for contemporary phenomenology, critical theory and post-modernism (including Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger). His articles on classical, Renaissance and modern European political philosophy and literature have appeared in The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, The Journal of Politics and History of European Ideas. His topical journalism and cultural commentary have appeared in The Weekly Standard, The World and I, The Idler, Books in Canada, The Literary Review of Canada, Kritika & Kontext, The New Federation and the Ottawa Citizen. He has been a Contributing Editor to Books in Canada and an editorial board member for The Literary Review of Canada and Kritika & Kontext.

Selected Publications

The Soul of a Leader: Character, Conviction and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness  (New York: Harper Collins, January 2009).

“Redeeming Modernity: The Ascent of Eros and Wisdom in Hegel’s Phenomenology.” Interpretation. Fall 2009.

The Code of Man: Love, Courage, Pride, Family, Country. New York: Harper Collins, October 2003. Paperback edition November 2004.

Ruling Passion: The Erotics of Statecraft in Platonic Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, June 2000.

Recovering the Positive Tradition of Manliness. The John M. Olin Programme on Politics, Morality and Citizenship Monograph Series. London: The Institute of United States Studies, University of London, 2001.

“How Original is Machiavelli? A Consideration of Skinner’s Interpretation of Virtue and Fortune.” Political Theory. November 1987.

“Heidegger on Freedom and Community: Some Political Implications of His Early Thought.” The American Political Science Review. September 1984.