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Departments/ProgramsGerman, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature
History of Ideas
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
University of Toronto, B.A.
ExpertisePolitical theory. History of political thought. Nationalism. Cultural pluralism.
ProfileBernard Yack is a political theorist who has published widely on both contemporary issues and
major figures in the history of political thought. He is best known for his new book on nationalism
(Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community and his earlier books on modern radicalism
(The Longing for Total Revolution) and Aristotelian Political Thought (The Problems of a Political
Animal). He is currently working on a book about democratic rule, tentatively titled, The People's
|POL||10a||Introduction to Political Theory|
|POL||186b||Classical Political Thought|
|POL||187b||Conservative Political Thought|
|POL||188b||Modern Political Thought|
|POL||189a||Marx, Nietzsche, and Twentieth-Century Radicalism|
|POL||190b||Seminar: Democratic Theory|
|POL||192b||Seminar: Topics in Law and Political Theory|
|POL||211a||Graduate Seminar: Political Theory|
|POL||216b||Seminar: Advanced Topics in Political Theory|
Yack, Bernard. ""Democracy and the Love of Truth"." Truth and Democracy. Ed. Jeremy Elkins and Andrew Norris. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 165-80.
Yack, Bernard. Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Yack, Bernard. ""Birthright, Birthwrongs: Contingency, Choice and Cosmopolitanism in Recent Political Thought"." Political Theory 39. (2011): 406-16.
Bernard Yack. ""You Don't Have to be a Fanatic to Act Like One"." Studi Veneziani LIX. (2010): 135-151.
Yack, Bernard. ""Rhetoric and Public Reason: An Aristotelian Theory of Deliberation." Political Theory 34. (2006): 417-38.
Yack, Bernard. The Fetishism of Modernities: Epochal Self-Consciousness in Contemporary Social and Political Thought. University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.
Yack, Bernard. Liberalism without Illusions: Essays on Liberal Theory and the Political Vision of Judith N. Shklar. University of California Press, 1996.
Yack, Bernard. The Problems of a Political Animal: Community, Conflict, and Justice in Aristotelian Political Thought. University of California Press, 1993.
Yack, Bernard. The Longing for Total Revolution: Philosophic Sources of Social Discontent from Rousseau to Marx and Nietzsche. Princeton University Press, 1986.