Ralph Lerner

Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus in the College and of Social Thought

The College
The University of Chicago
1116 East 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Harper West Tower 603
Office phone: 773 702 7933

(Retired 2003; still teaching)

Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus in the College and of Social Thought

Selected Publications

  • Medieval Political Philosophy: A Sourcebook, ed. with Mushin Mahdi (1963)
  • Averroes on Plato's "Republic," tr. (1974)
  • The Founders' Constitution, ed. with Philip B. Kurland (1987)
  • The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic (1987)
  • Revolutions Revisited: Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment (1994)
  • Maimonides' Empire of Light: Popular Enlightenment in an Age of Belief (2000)
  • Playing the Fool: Subversive Laughter in Troubled Times (2009)

Courses Taught

  • Tocqueville
  • 17th & 18th Century British Political Thought
  • Selected Topics in American Political Thought
  • Maimonides and Medieval Muslim Political Philosophy