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Department ofPolitical Science

Peter Minowitz

Peter Minowitz
Peter Minowitz


Education: Ph.D., Harvard, 1988; B.A., Middlebury College 1976

Peter Minowitz teaches political philosophy. In addition to his two books -- Straussophobia: Defending Leo Strauss and Straussians against Shadia Drury and Other Accusers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Profits, Priests, and Princes: Adam Smith's Emancipation of Economics From Politics and Religion (Stanford University Press, 1993) -- Minowitz has written about Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, Frank Herbert, Harvey Mansfield, and Woody Allen.  His articles include "Adam Smith's Invisible Hands

Peter Minowitz helps run the Political Science Honors Program.  Members are called the Puffins.  If students qualify, they may download and fill out an application

Personal Information: If you crave Saturday-night swing or salsa, send Minowitz an email and he'll let you know where he's playing the piano with Med's Mood Swings.

  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • History of Political Philosophy I & II
  • Seminar on Political Philosophy & Science Fiction
  • Seminar on Leo Strauss & Xenophon
  • Seminar on Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.
Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae

In the News

November 19, 2019

Peter Minowitz wrote a letter to the editor in The Nation regarding a column on editorialized headlines. 

August 25, 2019

Peter Minowitz wrote a letter that ran in The Mercury News about avoiding inflammatory language around women’s sexual rights.

June 24, 2019

Peter Minowitz wrote a letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education about why people misunderstand Plato’s "Republic."