An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Steven B. Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Government & Philosophy, Yale University
Professor Smith's lecture treats Lincoln as a man of the Enlightenment, especially concerning the role of science and political economy in shaping his ideas of a free society.
Steven B. Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is co-director for the Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions, a program that focuses on the development of representative government, chiefly in the Anglo-American world. He is the author of several books and articles, including the prize-winning Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity and Spinoza's Book of Life, both published by Yale University Press. His most recent book, titled Political Philosophy (Yale University Press, 2012), grew out of his Yale online course and an anthology of the works of Abraham Lincoln. He is currently finishing up a book titled Modernity and its Discontents. He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago.