Exile from Exile: The Political Theory of Judith N. Shklar

Friday, July 18, 2014: 10:45 AM
Room: 303
Oral Presentation
Andreas HESS , Sociology, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Judith N. Shklar was one of the most influential American political theorists between the 'end of Ideology' debates of the 1950s to the 'end of history' debates in the early 1990s. Towards the end of her life Shklar suggested that the entire history of political thought could be better understood from the vantage point of exile. In my paper I will try to apply this insight to Shklar's own work by showing that she was a particular type of refugee scholar whose experience of exile had a profound influence on her work.