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I received my PhD with a dissertation on Hegel’s political philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1981 and my MPhil with a thesis on Aristotle’s metaphysics from the University of Toronto in 1973.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta (1982-1984), and a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria (1978-1979). I also taught at the University of Alberta (1981-1982) and at the Department of Philosophy, Universidad de Chile (March 1973-1981).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
At present, the main focus of my research is Nietzsche’s political philosophy. I just completed research on constitutional theory as applied to Chile’s constitutional politics. My book with Prof. Pablo Ruiz-Tagle (PhD Yale), titled El constitucionalismo del miedo: Propiedad, bien comun y poder constituyente, appeared published in Santiago, Chile on October, 2014.
Awards and Achievements
Premio Municipal de Literatura awarded for my book, with Carlos Ruiz, El pensamiento conservador en Chile. Seis ensayos (1993).
Ford Foundation Scholarship (1976).
Fulbright Scholarship (1967).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have supervised graduate students in the areas of social and political philosophy, metaphysics, Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schmitt and Taylor.
(2015) Nietzsche, On Theognis of Megara, edited by Renato Cristi & Oscar Velasquez, Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
(2014) El constitucionalismo del miedo: propiedad, bien comun y poder constituyente, co-authored with Pablo Ruiz-Tagle, Santiago: LOM.
(2014) “Decisionism,” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
(2014) “Nietzsche, Theognis and Aristocratic Radicalism.” Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, Manuel Knoll & Barry Stocker editors, Berlin & New York, pp. 173-194.
(2011) “Carl Schmitt y la teoría política del positivismo jurídico,” Revista de Ciencias Sociales [Chile] vol. 60, pp. 221-235.
(2011) El Pensamiento Político de Jaime Guzmán: Una Biografia Intelectual.
(2011) “Carl Schmitt on Constituent Power and the Monarchical Principle,” Constellations vol 18, 352-364.
(2010) “Nietzsche on Authority and the State,” Animus. The Canadian Journal of the Humanities vol. 14, pp. 1-15.
(2008) La República en Chile: Teoría y Práctica del Constitucionalismo Republicano, co-authored with Pablo Ruiz-Tagle, Santiago: LOM.
(2005) Hegel on Freedom and Authority, Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
(2000) “The Metaphysics of Constituent Power: Carl Schmitt and the Genesis of Chile's 1980 Constitution," Cardozo Law Review vol. 21, pp. 1749-1775.