Associate Chair, Department of Politics
Chair, Fund for Canadian Studies
Alan Patten has research and teaching interests in both the history of political thought and contemporary political philosophy. He is currently writing a book about political theory and language politics that engages in both analytic, normative argument and historical excavation of the roots of contemporary thinking about conflicts over language and nationalism--with many examples taken from modern Europe. He is the author of Hegel's Idea of Freedom (1999), co-editor of Language Rights and Political Theory (2003), and author of a number of journal articles in journals such as History of Political Thought, Political Theory, Ethics, and Philosophy & Public Affairs. D. Phil. Oxford.