Estlund to discuss political theory

Political philosopher David Estlund will discuss the value of intellectual political theory at a March 10 talk at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Estlund's lecture, Ethics, Politics and Society Lecture Series -- What Good Is It? Unrealistic Political Theory and the Value of Intellectual Work, begins at 4 p.m. in Baker Hall's Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.  

Estlund, the Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities in the Philosophy and Political Science departments at Brown University, will address the critical perspective on the value of intellectual work — as applied to political philosophy and intellectual work in general. More broadly, Estlund will examine the very nature of value and its alleged connection to practice.

Estlund's research focuses on ethics and social/political philosophy, particularly the areas of liberalism, justice and democracy. He has served as editor for the collection "Democracy" (2002) and his book, Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework (2008), is a defense of democracy’s good judgment and its general tendency to make good decisions. He is currently editing the Oxford Handbook in Political Philosophy and writing a book about whether normative political theories must be realistic.

Estlund received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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