Stephen L. Esquith

Dean

Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. His primary scholarly work is Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. Steve has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He led study abroad programs focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. Steve's latest book, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders, addresses mass violence and democratic political education. He has also recently co-edited a volume of critical essays on the capabilities approach to development. He received MSU's Teacher-Scholar Award in 1984 and the Honors College Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students Award for 2008-09. After serving as chair of the MSU Department of Philosophy from 2000 to 2005, he became dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

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Recent Publications:

“The Political Responsibility of Bystanders: The Case of Mali,” Journal of Global Ethics, Vol. 9, no.3, December 2013

"Motivating Responsibility for Children in Poor Countries," in Child Rights: The Movement, International Law, and Opposition, ed. Clark Butler (Purdue University Press, 2012)

"Re-framing the Responsibilities of Bystanders through Film," Political Theory, forthcoming, June 2013

Stephen L. Esquith, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Penn State University Press, 2010)

Stephen L. Esquith and Fred Gifford, eds., Capabilities, Power, and Institutions: Toward a More Critical Development Ethics (Penn State University Press, 2010)

 

Recent Courses Taught:

Spring 2013

RCAH 292B -- Big Ideas for Little Kids

Spring 2010

RCAH 202 --  The Presence of the Past

PHL 850 -- Social and Political Philosophy

Fall 2010

RCAH 201 -- Transcultural Relations through the Ages

RCAH 492 -- Senior Seminar -- Arts, Culture, and Human Rights and Responsibilities
 

BIO

Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. His primary scholarly work is Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. Steve has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He led study abroad programs focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. Steve's latest book, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders, addresses mass violence and democratic political education. He has also recently co-edited a volume of critical essays on the capabilities approach to development. He received MSU's Teacher-Scholar Award in 1984 and the Honors College Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students Award for 2008-09. After serving as chair of the MSU Department of Philosophy from 2000 to 2005, he became dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

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Recent Publications:

“The Political Responsibility of Bystanders: The Case of Mali,” Journal of Global Ethics, Vol. 9, no.3, December 2013

"Motivating Responsibility for Children in Poor Countries," in Child Rights: The Movement, International Law, and Opposition, ed. Clark Butler (Purdue University Press, 2012)

"Re-framing the Responsibilities of Bystanders through Film," Political Theory, forthcoming, June 2013

Stephen L. Esquith, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Penn State University Press, 2010)

Stephen L. Esquith and Fred Gifford, eds., Capabilities, Power, and Institutions: Toward a More Critical Development Ethics (Penn State University Press, 2010)

 

Recent Courses Taught:

Spring 2013

RCAH 292B -- Big Ideas for Little Kids

Spring 2010

RCAH 202 --  The Presence of the Past

PHL 850 -- Social and Political Philosophy

Fall 2010

RCAH 201 -- Transcultural Relations through the Ages

RCAH 492 -- Senior Seminar -- Arts, Culture, and Human Rights and Responsibilities
 

CONTACT INFO

Office: C210G Snyder Hall
Phone: (517) 355-0212

HIGHLIGHTS

PhD, Princeton University, Department of Politics and The Program in Political Philosophy
AB, Harvard University