Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy


Ph.D., Harvard University

Field of Specialty

Political theory. History of political thought. Nationalism. Cultural pluralism.
Democratic Theory

Contact Information

Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 107

Bernard Yack

Bernard 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
Power: The Three Faces of Democratic Rule.


Yack, Bernard. ""Shklar's Montaigne: A Genealogy of Liberal Morals"." Judith Shklar Reconsidered. Ed. Samantha Ashenden and Andreas Hess. Penn State Press, 2018 (forthcoming)

Yack, Bernard. ""Nationalism's Grip on Democracy: Good News and Bad"." Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia.. Ed. Samuel Kim and Wei Hsin-Wen. Routledge, 2017. Chapter One.

Yack, Bernard. ""Political Liberalism, Political not Philosophical." Perspectives on Political Science 15. (2017): 146-51.

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.

Courses Taught

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 340d Proseminar