Travis Smith, PhD
Associate Professor, Political Science
“Theoretical debate can be protected by constitutional guaranties, but it can be established only by the willingness to use and accept theoretical argument.”
--Eric Voegelin, The New Science of Politics, V.3
Professor Smith is principally interested in the intersection of politics, religion, and science, especially in early modern political philosophy.
His publications include examinations of the ideas of Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes.
PhD (Harvard University)
Early Modern Philosophy, Religion & Science.
POLI 206 Introduction to Western Political Theory
POLI 371 Early Modern Political Philosophy
POLI 373 Late Modern Political Philosophy
POLI 384 Principles of Political Theory
POLI 401 The American Political Tradition
POLI 415 Modern Political Theory and Religion
POLI 425 Foundations of Liberalism
POLI 496/685 Honours Seminar/Graduate Seminar in Political Thought: Alexis de Tocqueville
POLI 625 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology
POLI 632/804 Seminar in Political Theory
POLI 685P/814C Happiness
"The Hobbesian Foundations of Modern Illiberal Education." In Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime. Edited by David W. Livingstone (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015), 268-86.
"Harvey Mansfield: Teaching Not Differently, But Further Than the Parties." In Teaching in an Age of Ideology. Edited by John von Heyking and Lee Trepanier (Lexington Books, 2012), 217-43.
“Forgiving Those Not Trespassing Against Us: Hobbes and the Establishment of the Nonsectarian State Church.” In Civil Religion in Political Thought:Its Perennial Questions and Enduring Relevance in North America. Edited by Ronald Weed and John von Heyking (Catholic University of America Press, 2010), 93-120.
“Amoral Dilemmas and the Temptation to Tyranny in A Simple Plan.” In Damned If You Do: Dilemmas of Action in Literature and Popular Culture. Edited by Margaret Hrezo and John Michael Parrish (Lexington Books, 2010), 189-209.
“Being Altogether Bad, Becoming Altogether Good.” In The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield. Edited by Sharon R. Krause and Mary Ann McGrail (Lexington Books, 2009), 167-84.
“Hobbes on Getting By with Little Help from Friends.” In Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought. Edited by John von Heyking and Richard Avramenko (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008), 214-47.
“On the Fourth Law of Nature.” Hobbes Studies 16 (2003): 84-94.
“Religion and the Imaginary Republic.” Review essay. Society 41.3 (March/April 2004): 75-79.