Ronald Beiner

Ronald Beiner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and the recipient of UTM’s 2017 Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award. He holds a BA from McGill University and a DPhil from Balliol College, Oxford. Professor Beiner has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1984, and has also taught at the University of Southampton, Queen’s University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Political Judgment (1983), What’s the Matter with Liberalism? (1992; awarded the Canadian Political Science Association’s 1994 C.B. Macpherson Prize), Philosophy in a Time of Lost Spirit (1997), Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship (2003), Civil Religion: A Dialogue in the History of Political Philosophy (2011), Political Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters (2014), and most recently, Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right (2018). He is also the editor of Hannah Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy(1982), which has been published in a large number of foreign-language editions. The themes of Professor Beiner’s work encompass the nature of modern citizenship; the strengths and weaknesses of liberalism as a political philosophy; the perils of nationalism; the tense relationship between religion and politics; and, perhaps chiefly, the contribution of philosophy itself towards reflection on the good for human beings.