Concordia University

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Travis Smith, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-29 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5604
Email: travis.smith@concordia.ca

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.

“children cannot well comprehend what injustice is till they understand property and how particular persons come by it”

--John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, § 110

Education

PhD (Harvard University)

Research interests

Early Modern Philosophy, Religion & Science.

Professor Smith is a member of the Groupe de recherche en philosophie politique de Montréal


Teaching activities

LBCL 298/SCOL 398 Great Thinkers, Great Ideas,Great Debates
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 495                 Honours Thesis
POLI 496/685          Honours Seminar
POLI 625                 Policy Discourse of Biotechnology
POLI 631                 Political Texts
POLI 632/804          Seminar in Political Theory
POLI 685P/814C      Happiness

Professor Smith also conducts the Reading Lab in Political Theory


Publications

"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.

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