Fri, 03 Jul 2015


About Roger Berkowitz

I am the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Associate Professor of Politics, Human Rights, and Philosophy at Bard College. 

My interests stretch from Greek and German philosophy to legal history and from the history of science to images of justice in film and literature. My writing and teaching interweave close readings of political theory and philosophy with a focus on concrete legal and political questions. By bringing philosophy to bear on political and legal questions, I explore the origins and contours of real-world problems, from the violation of human rights to the reemergence of vengeance in criminal law. By grounding my readings of philosophy and political theory in concrete cases and events, I raise questions about the idea of justice in a way that continually insists upon the relevance of rigorous inquiry to everyday life. Above all, my work asks what it means to be just in our world.


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