Jason Rosensweig

BA: Stanford (Comp Lit), MA: Stanford: French Literature

Dissertation: “Form-of-Life-Liberalism: 18th-century origins and modern variations” - • Explores the foundations of political community in the 18th-century according to Hume, Smith, and Burke, as well as its relationship to 20th-century political philosophy. Argues that there is a strain of liberalism based in the understanding that a shared form of life is a necessary condition for a prosperous liberal political community. Examines how political and social obligation, social contract, trust and commerce all depend on a shared form of life, interdependence, shared assumptions and expectations. 

Committee: Robert Pippin, Nathan Tarcov, Charles Griswold (BU), Miguel Tamen (UC & Univ. of Lisbon)

Interests: Areas of interest: History of moral & political philosophy, Enlightenment, 18th-century British and German philosophy (esp. Kant, Hume, and Smith), especially liberalism and social philosophy. Other interests include: Ancient Greek philosophy,  Wittgenstein, 19th-century European philosophy, modern European political, art, & literary history.