Ph.D., Social and Political Thought, 1993
Dissertation: "Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Study of Spinoza and Freud"
Supervisor: Dr. Brayton Polka
MA, Social and Political Thought, 1989
BA, Philosophy (First Class Honours), 1987
University of Calgary
Professor, 2010 - present
Associate Professor, 2004-2010
Departments of Philosophy and Political Studies
Chair, Department of Philosophy 2007-present
Trinity Western University
Instructor in Business Ethics, 1999-2006
Faculty of Business Administration
Simon Fraser University
International Society for Universal Dialogue
International Society for the Study of European Ideas
Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: a Conservative Critique, DeKald, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013.
Lincoln and the Politics of Christian Love, Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
Articles and Chapters in Books
"Who is to say Nay to the People? Publius, Majority Rule, and Willmore Kendall", Library of Law and Liberty 28 May 2012. Link to article.
"Conservatism True and False in America: Evaluating Leo Strauss from the Right", Library of Law and Liberty 15 April 2012. Link to article.
"James Burnham's Elite Theory and the American Postwar Right", Telos 154 (Spring 2011), 29-50. Link to journal.
"Northern Right", The American Conservative, March 2011.
"Natural Rightism and the Biogenetic Debate", in Gabriel R. Ricci, ed., Values and Technology: Religion and Public Life, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011, 93-105.
"Is Liberal Democracy too Liberal?", Skepsis 21, vol.1 (2010), 47-61.
"Willmoore Kendall for our Times", Voegelin View, September 2010. Link to article.
"Lincoln, Macbeth, and the Illusions of Tyranny", The European Legacy 15, no.2 (2010), 137-147.
"Hegel from the Right", Salisbury Review 28, no.1 (Fall 2009), 26-28.
"Hegel, Christianity, and the Modern Philosophical Revolution", Fideles 4 (2009), 5-25.
"Lincoln and the Conservative House Divided," The Salisbury Review 27, no. 4 (Summer 2009), 25-27.
"Was Spinoza a Liberal?", The Political Science Reviewer 36 (2007), 143-174.
"Leo Strauss's Influence on George Grant", in Athens and Jerusalem: George Grant's Theology, Philosophy, and Politics, Ian Angus et al, eds., Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006, 124-135.
"The Meaning of 'Neo-Paganism': Rethinking the Relation Between Nature and Freedom", in Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, Sonja Servomaa, ed., Helsinki: Renvall Institute of Publications, 2006, 159-169.
"Leo Strauss, Wilmoore Kendall, and the Meaning of Conservatism", Humanitas 18, nos.1&2 (2005), 5-25.
"Political Philosophy and the Love of Wisdom", Dialogue and Universalism 15, nos.1&2 (2005), 121-131.
"Between Athens and Jerusalem: Western Otherness in the Works of Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt", The European Legacy 9, no.1 (2004), 19-29.
"The Right-Wing Postmodernism of Marshall McLuhan", Media, Culture, & Society 25, no.4 (2003), 511-525.
"Romanticism and Universalism: The Case of Leo Strauss", Dialogue and Universalism 112, nos. 6&7 (2002), 155-168.
(with Mark Wexler) "Conspiracy: a Dramaturgical Explanation", International Journal of Group Tensions 31, no. 3 (2002), 247-266.
"George Grant and Leo Strauss: Modernist and Postmodernist Conservatisms", Topia 8 (Fall 2002), 91-106.
"Leo Strauss and the Politics of Biblical Religion", Studies in Religion 30, nos. 3&4 (2001), 353-364.
(with Mark Wexler) "Is US Neoconservatism Dead?" Quarterly Journal of Ideology 24, nos.1&2 (2001), 1-12.
Recent Book Reviews
"A Final Volley in the Strauss Wars?", Voegelin View, February 2011. Link to article.
Stephen J. Lee, European Dictatorships, 1918-1945, in The European Legacy 15 no.6 (2010).
John Von Heyking and Richard Avramenko, eds., Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought, in The European Legacy 15 no.6 (2010).
John J. Ranieri, Disturbing Revelation: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin,and the Bible, in The European Legacy 15, no.5 (2010).
Robin Archer, Why is there no Labor Party in the United States?, in The European Legacy, vol. 15, no. 4 (2010).
Jeffrey C. Herndon, Why is there no Labour Party in the United States?, in The European Legacy 15, no 4 (2010).
David Dilks, The Great Dominion: Winston Churchill in Canada, in The European Legacy 15, no. 4 (2010).
Allen Lichtman, White Protestant Nation, in The European Legacy 15, no.3 (2010).
Paul Johnson, Churchill, in Voegelin View (online) (2010). Link to article.
David Janssens, Between Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy, Prophecy, and Politics in Leo Strauss's Thought, in The European Legacy 15, no. 2 (2010).
Danielle Albertazzi and Duncan McConnell, eds., Twenty-first Century Populism: the Spectre of Western European Democracy, in The European Legacy 14, no.6 (2009).
"Marcuse and Friends: a Review of Paul Gottfried's Encounters", Salisbury Review, 28, no.1 (Fall 2009).
J. Thomas Cook, Spinoza's Ethics: a Reader's Guide in The European Legacy 14, no.4 (2009).
Paul Gottfried, Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right in The European Legacy 14, no.1 (2009).
Thomas DiLorenzo, Lincoln Unmasked, in The European Legacy 13, no.7 (2008).
Mark A. Noll, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, in The European Legacy 13, no.6 (2008).
David Gelernter, Americanism: the Fourth Great Western Religion, in The European Legacy 13, no.6 (2008).
Ronald J. Pestritto, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism, in The European Legacy 13, no.1 (2008).
Harvey Mansfield, Manliness in The European Legacy 12, no.6 (2007)
Francis Fukuyama, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy in The European Legacy 12, no.4 (2007)
Heinrich Meier, Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem in The European Legacy 12, no.3 (2007)
Jeffrey Hart, The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and its Times in The European Legacy 12, no.2 (2007)
"The Conservative Marshall MacLuhan" ABC Radio (Australia), 21 July 2011. Link to site.
"Grant Havers on Libertarianism, Religion, and the Role of the Church in a Free Society", The Daily Bell 25 July 2010. Link to site.
Recent Public Lectures and Research Presentations
“Christians, Conservatives, and Neoconservatives: The Uneasy Alliance,” Full Professorship Inaugural Lecture, January 27,Trinity Western University, 27 January 2011.
"The Death of the West, Up North", H.L. Mencken Club, Baltimore MD, 23 October 2010.
"What's Wrong with Democracy?", Panel Discussion, Civitas Conference, Calgary AB, 30 April-2 May 2010.
"Obama's Reinvention of Lincoln's Legacy", presented to St. Mary's University (Calgary), 10 March 2010.
"How Neoconservatism transformed Conservatism", presented to the Department of Political Science, University of Calgary, 9 March 2010.
"How Neoconservatism transformed Conservatism", presented to the Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge, 8 March 2010.
"The Politics of Religious Experience", presented to the Canadian Jacques Maritain Society, University of British Columbia, June 3-4, 2008.
"Is Liberal Democracy too Liberal?" presented to the War and Peace Conference, International Society for Universal Dialogue, Hiroshima University, June 1-5, 2007.
"Machiavelli in America: Is the Presidency becoming a Tyranny?", Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities colloquium, Trinity Western University, November 2, 2006.
"Ethics, privacy, and whistleblowing in the workplace", presented to the Professional Women's Group, Waterfront Hotel, September 23, 2006.
"How 'Open' is the Open Society?", presented to the Narrative and Identity Conference, International Society for the Study of European Ideas, University of Malta, July 23-27, 2006.
"On the Meaning and Implications of Natural Justice", presented to the British Columbia Real Estate Association, Whistler, BC, May 11, 2006.
"On Neoconservatism: Does Might Make Right?", presented to the Trinity Western University Philosophy Society, March 28, 2006.
"The Meaning of Neo-Paganism: Rethinking the Relation between Nature and Freedom, presented to the International Society for Universal Dialogue, Helsinki, July 2005.