Paul Kirkland

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
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    Lentz Hall 425

    Professor Paul Kirkland specializes in the study of political philosophy. He earned a B.A. in politics from Ursinus College in 1994, a master’s in political science from Fordham University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in political science from Fordham in 2002. His book, Nietzsche’s Noble Aims: Affirming Life, Confronting Modernity was published in 2009 by Lexington Press. He has published several articles on Nietzsche and political philosophy and politics and literature. His current book project is on Nietzsche and tragic political philosophy.

    Prof. Kirkland came to Carthage in 2007.

    • Ph.D. — Political Science, Fordham University, 2002
    • M.A. — Political Science, Fordham University, 1997
    • B.A. — Politics, Ursinus College, 1994
    • POL 1070 Introduction to Political Thought
    • POL 200C African American Political Thought
    • POL 3240 Contemporary Political Thought
    • POL 3250 Classics of Political Thought
    • POL 3260 Studies in Political Theory: Nietzsche
    • Joy and Laughter in Nietzsche’s Philosophy, co-editor with Michael J. McNeal (Bloomsbury, 2022 forthcoming)
    • Politics, Literature, and Film in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Mary Nichols, co-editor with Denise Schaeffer et. al. (Lexington 2021)
    • Nietzsche’s Noble Aims: Affirming Life, Contesting Modernity (Lexington, 2009)
    In progress:
    • Nietzsche’s Tragic Political Philosophy
    • “Dissonance and Child’s Play: Nietzsche, Tragedy, and Heraclitean Metaphor” Review of Metaphysics 75:2 (December 2021).
    • “Nietzsche, Agonistic Politics, and Spiritual Enmity” Political Research Quarterly 73:1 (2020), 3-14.
    • “Aesthetics of Joy and Levity for Nietzsche’s Free Spirit,” in Joy and Laughter in Nietzsche’s Philosophy, edited by Paul E. Kirkland and Michael J. McNeal (Bloomsbury, 2022), forthcoming
    • “Shakespeare’ Princess: Educating for Love and Rule in The Tempest” in Love’s Authority (Lexington 2021)