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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
In the News

July 19, 2022

Peter Minowitz's Letter to the Editor, "Secession talk leads in deadly direction," was published in the San Jose Mercury News.

May 3, 2022

Peter Minowitz wrote an opinion piece about how journalists and scholars regularly mischaracterize legislation against critical race theory, wrongly implying that discomfort-creating lessons are illegal.

November 19, 2019

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