Peter Lawler (academic)

Peter Augustine Lawler (July 30, 1951May 23, 2017) was Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He taught courses in political philosophy and American politics. He was a 1973 graduate of Allentown College and earned a PhD from the University of Virginia.

He was executive editor of the quarterly journal ''Perspectives on Political Science'' and was a chairman of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's ''Democracy in America''. Lawler also served on the editorial boards of several journals.

Upon his death, ''The Week'' penned an obituary, "Why every smart liberal should read conservative philosopher Peter Lawler," recommending that, "at a time when the post-Goldwater conservative movement finds itself increasingly eclipsed by right-wing populism, Lawler's distinctive vision and voice may be more pertinent than ever." Likewise, Yuval Levin wrote, "the reach of Peter’s influence was far greater than a casual observer of his work could have seen," since, "He shaped generations of students to take their country seriously, but to take their souls even more seriously. I am constantly running into young conservatives, and some young liberals too, who have been formed by his teaching or writing." Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 2019