Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at
the University of North Dakota and the host of the IPPL
radio show Why? Philosophical discussions about
He was the recipient of the
2007 UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Individual
Excellence in Teaching.
His personal webpage can
be found at
Dr. Weinstein teaches doctoral courses for the Department
of Moral and Social Philosophy at the University of Helsinki
and has held visiting fellowships or guest professorships
at The Center for Scottish Studies at Princeton Theological
Seminary, Die Institut für die Wissenschaften vom
, The State University of Oulu. He
received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Boston University.
Weinstein's interest in lay-audience focused philosophy
is a long and committed one beginning with a weekly
column in his undergraduate college newspaper title
"My Philosophy." With it, he attempted to bring his own
philosophical learning and exploration to his peers;the
column was published weekly for two years. Since then, he
was continued his non-specialists oriented work.
He is the author of three books and several edited
collections, much of which is for general audiences.
He regularly sits on panels that bring philosophy's tools
to contemporary issues, and has presented to general
audiences in a range of venues from museums to cafes in
Europe. Overall, he has authored two books, three edited
collections and journal symposia, and over two dozen
articles and reviews. He has contributed work for lay audiences
to newspapers, magazines, and public radio.
Dr. Weinstein's more specialized research focuses on the
intersection of the history of philosophy and contemporary
political theory. His main interest is in theories of
diversity and justice, with special attention to education and
otherness, human rationality, and the roles of emotion
in moral judgment. He seeks to develop a political theory
that incorporates a general theory of human understanding
in the midst of difference. He is currently writing a
multi-volume political theory that pays special attention
to the role of education in a pluralist society.
Much of his work has focused on Adam Smith, the father
of modern economic theory. Weinstein seeks to show that
Smith's political economy is a more focused instance
of Smith's general moral theory. As an outgrowth of this
research, Weinstein uses Smith's eighteenth century model
of the interaction between knowledge and social life to
build a unified vision of the role of government, moral
growth of citizens, individual rights and liberties, and
cross-group communication within a pluralistic society.
He insists that the cultivation of any one of these
spheres necessitates attention to them all, and presents
his system as an alternative to the Kantian justification of
human rights and moral virtues that prevails in
political philosophy today. The Kantian version, Weinstein
asserts, describe human experience and conflict in an
artificially narrow manner.
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Past Board Members:
, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami
, Professor, Department of English/Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Dakota
, Student/President of Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Fraternity, University of North Dakota
, Professor, Department of Philosophy , St. John's University
, Assistant Professor, Fitzgibbons Chair of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Boston College
, Student, University of North Dakota School of Law
Daphne Pedersen Stevens, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Dakota
, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law
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